My parents are visiting me from France for a week or so, and I’m wondering if they will need tagging whilst here.
Had he no idea how the media would report this, or the views of civil liberty groups? How could he be “surprised by the severity of some of the criticisms”. (Although some voices have been supportive of the concept.)
Such immediate reactions are rarely good public relations. Government needs to realise that the over-50s are increasingly active in terms of issues regarding health. Data from the US (albeit an online study) shows 82% of this age group is researching healthcare information via the Internet – so rather than a glib off-the-cuff comment, perhaps the minister should be engaging people in what help they would like should they be confronted with issues such as dementia.
I’m sure most would be more interested in ensuring a decent pension, a reliable NHS and other such matters than flippant ideas about tagging them in case they wander away from home.