At a time when Brexit is dominating every headline and the Government is in a complete mess, Ministers are searching around for any daft idea that will capture them a bit of attention. The problem when you are desperate is that you don’t think it through ! Here’s a great example, being championed by headline grabbing Health Minister – Matthew Hancock :-
A front page headline in the Daily Mail, 4th Feb, “DEMENTIA PATIENTS TO BE TRACKED BY SMART METERS”. It deserves to be in bold capital letters because it would be such a breakthrough in the safeguarding of such vulnerable people !
Of course, this is only going to work if the electricity boards around the country take a sudden paternalistic interest in looking after the thousands of older people with dementia who live on their own. I can’t see why they would do this, but you never know !
According to the report of a research study at Liverpool John Moores University in conjunction with Mersey Care NHS Trust, your every move, every 10 seconds could be monitored. Then if you don’t switch the kettle on at the scheduled time or if you open the back door when you are not expected to, a carer, presumably from the electricity board, could rush to your assistance. Or if you fall asleep in front of the tele they could at least phone your relations in the middle of the night and let them know about this waste of energy.
This might be a very good idea. Or it may be yet another reason to persuade you to have a Smart Meter installed 😀
By the way, Ministers have promised that every home should have a Smart Meter by 2020. Happily the installation programme is massively behind schedule and way over budget.
Watch out, Big Brother is about !!!!!!