Dr Hilary, 67, was on hand to offer his medical expertise on today’s edition of Good Morning Britain, joining hosts Ben Shephard, 45, and Charlotte Hawkins, 45. With Health Secretary Matt Hancock, 41, announcing the coronavirus Test and Trace app will now be scrapped, the panel of presenters discussed the shock U-turn. In the midst of the conversation, the General Practitioner admitted he did think there were several problems with the groundbreaking technology which would have helped members of the public identify if they had been in contact with someone who had COVID-19. The ITV news show specialist didn’t hold back in letting his colleagues and viewers know what he really thought.
The medical professional told his co-stars as they discussed the day’s headlines: “Initially it was much vaunted as the way forward.
“It was going to be a wonderful way to trace people who had come into close contact with people they did not know.
“Now they are saying it was only ever going to be complementary to the human contact tracers who talk to people on the phone directly.
“They talk to them to identify people who have tested positive. I never had that much faith in technology to tell people who they had been in contact with.”
“And to find out where they were and to ask them to self-isolate. I just thought it was asking too much and what we found was the NHS app had operational system failures,” he added.
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