Question: Tonia: How would you combat unemployment if the NHS depended on robotics and a few specialists? How can you justify using robotics when thousands of people would be at risk of poverty, unemployment and mental health issues?
The goal of using robotics in the NHS is not to replace nurses, doctors or surgeons. It is to assist them to do their job better. This way, robotics can help NHS cut down on costs and improve the efficiency of their employees, taking some of their load off giving a better experience to patients and to clinicians.
For example, when patients undergo robot-assisted surgery, it is reported that they leave the hospital sooner (within the day or the day after) and return to their life much faster than they do with other types of surgery. This makes the NHS save on costs of having a patient taking a bed for a week (or longer in some cases). Not just costs, but also a bed to be taken up by another patient. Hopefully this way, NHS long waiting time for treatment can be reduced.