BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT has said that incoherent Government policy is behind the ‘pingdemic’, rather than problems with the NHS Covid-19 app.
Record numbers of workers across
the country have been told via the app to isolate, following contact with
someone with the virus.
Various organisations are
reporting significant challenges due to the volume of staff absences, with
supermarkets being in short supply of some products and petrol stations running
out of fuel.
BCS, based in Swindon, says that
it is not right to blame the app for the current crisis and that a better
solution would be to rethink and clarify Government policy.
Dr Philip Scott, Chair of the
Health and Care Executive at BCS, said, “I don’t think the problem is the app,
it is incoherent Government policy. By removing all restrictions, it is
blindingly obvious there will be more contacts and hence more pings.
“Isolation exceptions for fully
vaccinated people who test negative, whether healthcare staff or other groups
for economic reasons, does seem fairly pragmatic. Anecdotally, app usage is
becoming very patchy now so lots of pings will never get triggered.”
the UK’s Chartered Institute for IT. It brings together industry, academics,
practitioners and Government to advance and promote the education and practice
of computing for the benefit of the public.