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Gambling with Testing and Tracing

Should we trust a minister who literally gambles on our health?

We regularly read about fraud in sport, whether that’s cricket, football or horse racing, where a player accepts money to affect the result.  There are arrests, trials and the culprits either banned or sent to jail.  But what happens when a Government Minister takes a bet on a Government policy and then manipulates the data to win it?

It may sound bizarre, but that’s what has happened here in the UK, with Matt Hancock, our Secretary of State for Health.  In an interview on LBC with Nick Ferrari, he was asked if he would take a £100 bet on reaching his target of accomplishing 100,000 coronavirus test each day by the end of April.   Anyone with a scrap of morality would have answered “I don’t gamble on people’s health”, but not young Matty.  Although not an ex-Etonian, like many of this cabinet colleagues, Matty always looks as if he wants to be seen as one of the posh boys who likes a flutter.  After a brief hesitation, he accepted the bet on behalf of NHS charities.  I’m sure that Nick Ferrari thought he was betting on a certainty, unaware that the result was about to get fixed.

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June 15th, 2020 | Published in eHealth & Assisted Living  |  2 Comments

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Creative Connectivity is Nick Hunn's blog on aspects and applications of wireless connectivity. Having worked with wireless for over twenty years I've seen the best and worst of it and despair at how little of its potential is exploited.

I hope that's about to change, as the demands of healthcare, energy and transport apply pressure to use wireless more intelligently for consumer health devices, smart metering and telematics. These are my views on the subject - please let me know yours.

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