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Dido Harding to step down as controversial chair of NHS Improvement

Dido Harding has announced that she is stepping down as chair of NHS Improvement in October, bringing to an end a tenure during which she often hit the headlines for the wrong reasons.

The Tory peer’s resignation comes shortly after she was unsuccessful in a bid to be the next chief executive of NHS England, amid controversy over her potential appointment.

The former TalkTalk boss became chair of NHS Improvement in October 2017 but her public profile soared during the coronavirus pandemic when she was made executive chair of the government’s test and trace programme for England in May last year, a position she held until April.

The £37bn scheme was supposed to be a key plank in the fight against Covid but a report by parliament’s spending watchdog, published in May, found no evidence it had contributed to a reduction in Covid infection levels.

Read more in The Guardian.

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