Our recent article headlined “Informatics policy finally gets direction after years of drift”(HSJ 7 February 2008) included a report of statements, made during a conference by Mr Tom Denwood, who is managing the Department of Health on-going review of its NHS informatics strategy.

Mr Denwood described various problems with that strategy identified by that review and it has been reported to us that our recent article could have been understood to be suggesting that Mr Denwood was blaming Mr Richard Granger, the former Director General for NHS IT, for those problems.

Such a statement would clearly be untrue and we apologise to Mr Granger for the distress that will have caused.

In fact we are told that Mr Denwood has said “that he is one of Mr Grangers greatest supporters”, having worked with him for many years including over the past nearly five years within the National Programme for IT.