Police in England now to have details of those self-isolating

The Health Service Journal has reported that details of those instructed to self isolate will be available to the police.

Boris Johnson thinks we are a freedom loving people. His government apparently doesn’t.

The people imparting this information will be Data Breach Dido Harding’s test and trace outfit that costs billions but has never ever reached its tracing targets.

So no worries there then.

In short this is a completely counter-productive scheme for who, in precarious employment or perhaps just on a zero hours contract is going to volunteer to be tested? Who is going to give a list of their contacts without knowing if not working would be affordable for those contacts? The government thinks that the financial support of a one-off bung of £500 granted to those who cannot work from home but are forced to isolate, is sufficient. As whole families may need to isolate for 14 days I cannot see how it is.

Instead of relying on the constabulary to compel compliance there should be a scheme to ensure that the incentives are sufficient to ensure compliance by consent. Which is always more effective.

Absolutely the last thing that is needed in a pandemic is any disincentive to be tested.

Comments

  1. Bill Hughes -

    Another step on the way to eroding civil liberties and human rights law. Going on at this rate we will become like Thailand.

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