Scientist casts doubt on validity of Boris Johnson’s ‘workplace pilot’

Statistician says PM’s initial excuse for not self-isolating is part of pattern of pilot studies that lack transparency

A scientist has cast doubt on the validity of a workplace pilot scheme used by Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak to initially avoid self-isolation, accusing the government of secrecy surrounding it and other research.

On Monday, 24 hours on from a hasty U-turn by the prime minister and chancellor, Downing Street faced fresh questions about the workplace study and was still unable to provide basic details such as its criteria, protocols and name.

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