Jonathan Ashworth – 2020 Comments on Test and Trace App

Below is the text of the comments made by Jonathan Ashworth, the Shadow Health Secretary, on 18 June 2020.

This is unsurprising and yet another example of where the government’s response has been slow and badly managed. It’s meant precious time and money wasted.

For months tech experts warned ministers about the flaws in their app which is why we wrote to Matt Hancock encouraging the government to consider digital alternatives back in May.

Ministers must now urgently prioritise building a fully effective test, trace and isolate regime lead by local expertise to break the chains of transmission of this deadly virus.