A government minister has said the NHS coronavirus contact-tracing app is “not a priority” and he was not sure it would be out by winter.
The app, which has been trialled on the Isle of Wight, was initially expected to launch nationally weeks ago.
The BBC can also reveal that the project’s two lead managers – NHSX’s Matthew Gould and Geraint Lewis – are stepping back.
And Simon Thompson – a former Apple executive – is joining to manage it.
Mr Thompson is currently chief product officer at the online grocer Ocado. He has been appointed to Baroness Dido Harding’s Test and Trace team, where he will have other duties in addition to the app.
Mr Gould and Mr Lewis had always expected to move back to their other duties this month, however they had intended for the app to have had its national rollout by now.