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Richard Burgon calls for Dido Harding to be sacked and replaced with an expert

LABOUR MP Richard Burgon called for Baroness “Dido” Harding to be sacked as head of track and trace programme and replaced with an expert yesterday.

His condemnation of the Tory NHS tsar came after official figures revealed that the number of Covid-19 tests being completed within 24 hours had hit a new low. 

Mr Burgon said: “This issue is too important to have someone in charge who just isn’t up to the job.

“And to be frank her appointment to this role stinks of political cronyism.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had promised that 100 per cent of tests results would be returned within a day by June, but only 33 per cent have been this month. 

Test and trace figures also showed that the weekly number of positive tests in England has risen to its highest level since the system was launched at the end of May.

NHS Providers, which represents NHS trust leaders, argued that the country was “a long way off where we need to be with testing.”
 

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