Matt Hancock defends Dido Harding’s promotion to top of PHE’s replacement | ITV News

The health secretary has defended the government decision to promote Baroness Dido Harding, despite a perceived lack of success as the executive chair of NHS Test and Trace.

Baroness Harding has been appointed the interim leader of new health agency, the National Institute for Health Protection, which is replacing Public Health England.

But the Tory peer’s promotion has caused widespread anger among health experts and MPs who have questioned her credentials.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock defended Baroness Harding’s promotion, saying she has a “combination of experience externally and experience in the NHS.

“She has been running NHS Test and Trace and building that from scratch into what is now one of the biggest testing and diagnostics organisations in the world,” he said.

NHS Test and Trace has been widely criticised under her leadership, with it consistently failing to reach thousands of people potentially carrying coronavirus.

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