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NHS boss: BMA is the pits

The BMA has been likened to the National Union of Mine-workers by the man in charge of the multi-billion pound modernisation of IT in the NHS.

Richard Granger, director general of NHS IT, described the association as a major 'block' on achieving radical change in the NHS. He said: 'I have encountered an incredibly powerful union, comparable to the National Union of Mineworkers, and that is the BMA.

'We have had very complex demarcation disputes that govern who can order what, who can do what, and they get into price per job negotiations.

'It really is a rate-limiting factor on change in the public sector.'

Mr Granger's comments came in a debate organised by the New Statesman magazine.

The BMA said it took Mr Granger's comments 'with a pinch of salt'.

Dr Richard Vautrey, GPC negotiator, said Mr Granger was 'clearly under pressure' and looking for scapegoats.

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