Reacting to the appearance of Dido Harding and Dr Jenny Harries before the Public Accounts Committee today, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Health Munira Wilson MP said:
“Dido Harding offered up the understatement of the century today when she said some people may find her assertion that Test and Trace has been a success to be ‘rather incredulous’.
“The reality is that it has been a £37bn horror show from the get go.
"Earlier this year, the Public Accounts Committee found that it had made little impact on the number of cases despite this colossal budget. SAGE also adjudged Test and Trace to be having a 'marginal impact'.
“The system consistently failed last year to trace those who had come in contact with the virus. The Government’s efforts would now be better placed in providing proper support for self-isolation, so that workers and families do not have to break the rules for lack of money. That would be a far better use of taxpayers' money.”