The Daily Telegraph


- National Institutes of Health · Public Health England · England

Baroness Hard­ing is ex­ec­u­tive chair­man of the NHS Test and Trace ser­vice and in­terim ex­ec­u­tive chair­man of the Gov­ern­ment’s new Na­tional In­sti­tute for Health Pro­tec­tion.

She was chief ex­ec­u­tive of Talktalk in 2015 when 157,000 of its cus­tomers had their data stolen.

As head of NHS Test and Trace, she has faced re­peated crit­i­cism, draw­ing de­ri­sion last month for claims that no one had ex­pected to see the surge in pres­sures on test­ing ser­vices when schools re­turned af­ter an ex­tended leave. Lady Hard­ing has been ap­pointed in­terim ex­ec­u­tive chair­man of the body which will re­place Pub­lic Health Eng­land and she has been tipped as a pos­si­ble fu­ture head of the NHS.

Al­though the data fi­asco in­volved the trans­fer of files be­tween PHE and NHS Test and Trace, last night the re­spon­si­bil­ity landed squarely on PHE be­cause its sys­tems capped the amount of data which could be trans­ferred.

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