Baroness Harding, a earlier chief govt of TalkTalk, who beforehand held senior roles at supermarkets Sainsbury’s and Tesco, didn’t draw a authorities wage for her function at NHS Take a look at and Hint. Earlier this yr, she utilized to change into chief govt of the well being service, however was dominated out a number of weeks earlier than Amanda Pritchard, the present NHS deputy, was appointed to the highest job.
The Take a look at and Hint programme is now run by the UK Well being Safety Company, launched in April, led by Dame Jenny Harries, the previous deputy chief medical officer.
Final evening, Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow well being secretary, stated: “Take a look at and Hint was imagined to be ‘world beating’ saving us from repeated from lockdowns. As a substitute we’ve seen fats cat salaries for bosses, haphazard contact tracing and strains on testing.
“That is taxpayers’ cash and at a time when the NHS is struggling and workers desire a truthful pay deal, ministers should clarify why they signed off these bumper pay cheques.”
Newest figures present, 597,260 folks ordered to self-isolate by NHS Take a look at and Hint within the week ending July 21, the best determine since January, with 678,102 folks “pinged” by the app.
Rising numbers of individuals testing optimistic for Covid are refusing handy over particulars of shut contacts. The newest figures present virtually one quarter of individuals testing optimistic wouldn’t present particulars of any latest shut contacts.
A Division of Well being and Social Care spokesman stated: “This yr greater than ever the division wanted to draw, recruit and retain extremely expert people, each completely and quickly, to answer the unprecedented calls for created by Covid-19.
“We’ve drawn upon the highest-standard of experience in coping with this world public well being disaster. This has resulted within the largest diagnostics community in UK historical past by way of an NHS Take a look at and Hint system which may determine and minimize transmission charges – defending folks’s well being, saving lives and serving to to cease the unfold of the virus.”