Asked by the Financial Times whether he was interested in taking on the job, Granger replied, "I have made some comments about how the role could be more delivery-focused." He refused to comment further, except to say, "I am happy doing what I am doing for the moment."
A spokesman for the national programme for IT in the NHS said that Granger, as a senior civil servant with responsibility for a major IT programme, was asked to comment on the nature of the government's proposed CIO role.
"He did say that the role needed to be focused on delivery. However the scope of the role is a matter for the cabinet office. Richard Granger is fully committed to his role as director general and joint senior responsible owner for the national programme for IT," said the spokesman.