Better very late than never … Test and Trace boss Dido Harding to step down from NHS role
BARONESS Dido Harding (pictured), who ran the government’s Covid-19 test-and-trace programme in England, will step down from her NHS role in October.
The Conservative peer recently applied unsuccessfully to be the new boss of NHS England.
The test and tracing scheme has been criticized repeatedly during the pandemic. A BBC investigation found it was failing in areas which had some of the worst infection rates, and was beset with IT problems. A report by the Commons Public Accounts Committee in March said there was ‘no clear evidence’ that he £22 billion venture contributed to a reduction in coronavirus infection levels. In June, the National Audit Office found there were still significant weaknesses in the performance of Test and Trace, particularly around slow turnaround times for test results.
Before being employed by the NHS, Baroness Harding was chief executive of TalkTalk and had held senior roles for Sainsbury’s and Tesco.