Dido Harding ordered to quit as furious Tory slams NHS head for failing ‘heart of problem’

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NHS Test and Trace’s “lack of an overall strategy” is at the “heart of the problem” with the system, according to senior MP Bernard Jenkin. The Conservative chair of the Liaison Committee has written a punchy piece in the Sunday Telegraph, calling on Dido Harding, the head of NHS Test and Trace, to move on from the job. Mr Jenkin told Sky News the coronavirus response “clearly needs to move up several gears”.

He said: “She’s achieved a huge amount and there’s a great deal of very good work going on in Test and Trace.

“That shouldn’t be undervalued. I do mean this as kindly as possible to her. She’s been a tremendous asset.

“But the Test and Trace capability clearly needs to move up several gears, and it’s what leadership does, not who leadership is, that really matters.

“At the moment there are four separate directorates and it’s impossible to plan effectively across all directorates because many of them are in different places.”

Mr Jenkin continued: “There is no single place to do planning from and then the delivery is overseen by a diverse group of directorates.

“Why is the Cabinet Office COVID operation announcing something today about the number of days that people need to be quaranting for?

“How does that fit into an overall strategy?

“It is the sense that there is the lack of an overall strategy which I think is at the heart of the problem.”

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