Another week and another revelation about the Department of Health's troubled IT programme, this time from a very unlikely source.

Another week and another revelation about the Department of Health's troubled IT programme, this time from a very unlikely source.

The mother of Richard Granger, the consultant brought in to run Connecting for Health, has only gone and told everyone that her son failed his computer studies course at university.

Mrs Granger told The Observerlast Sunday about her surprise at her son's role in the NHS system that will see all patient records stored electronically.

Mrs Granger - who according to The Observerhas not spoken to her son for 10 years - claims that Mr Granger initially failed his IT course at Bristol University. Apparently he was only allowed to retake the exam after his mum appealed.

'I can't believe my son is running the programme for the whole of the NHS,' she said.

Mrs Granger is campaigning to save Huddersfield Royal Infirmary from cuts and believes the computer modernisation plans are 'a gross waste of money'.

The infirmary, run by Calderdale and Huddersfield foundation trust, is set to lose its main maternity unit and be left with a midwife-led unit. Other services will move to Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax.

'He was disappointed when he failed his course at Bristol. It was pretty serious, so I had to write to Princess Anne, who at that time was &Quot;university visitor&Quot; there, to appeal for him to be allowed to resit. He did resit it and he passed it,' she said.

Mr Granger might be the government's highest-paid civil servant, earning more than£285,000, but with a mother like this?

Helen Mooney