Indeed, a recent official report said that failures in Test and Trace contributed to a surge in the Indian variant of the virus. And despite the government setting aside £37 billion for the programme, Sage, the independent scientific advisory group, said last year that it had had “minimal impact on transmission”.
Meanwhile, Harding was the head of the network TalkTalk when it was hacked by two teenage boys in 2015, resulting in almost 157,000 customers having their personal details stolen. When she was appointed to work with Track and Trace, people questioned it given this track record.
That she has had such important roles in government while also serving as a Conservative peer in the House of Lords has also triggered controversy.
And perhaps ironically, her husband is the government’s anti-corruption champion and Conservative MP John Penrose.
If Dido Harding gets to run the NHS after spaffing £37bn on a Test & Trace that’s not fit for purpose, it’s blatant… https://t.co/jmsusk6xXm