Robots are set to carry out dementia care within 20 years

Robots are set to carry out dementia care within 20 years, NHS officials have announced.

They are planning a major expansion of artificial intelligence across the health service for routine operations and treatment.

The technology will also be used to 'nudge' patients towards having healthier lifestyles, particularly if they have diabetes or heart conditions.

Today, Jeremy Hunt will announce a £215 million investment towards what has been termed the 'next generation of innovative treatments.'

The Health Secretary wants academics and technology firms to come up with new ideas to improve surgery, treatment and long-term care.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt (pictured) will announce a £215 million investment towards what has been termed the 'next generation of innovative treatments'

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt (pictured) will announce a £215 million investment towards what has been termed the 'next generation of innovative treatments'

His announcement coincides with a review commissioned by the Department of Health which calls for a revolution in artificial intelligence and technology. 

It predicts that virtual consultations will soon be routinely used in GP surgeries and A&E and 'may eventually supersede' face-to-face appointments.

The review said: 'We know that genomics, digital medicine, artificial intelligence and robotics will have an enormous impact on patients and the workforce over the next two decades.'

At the same time, the use of robotics will be expanded in areas such as 'minimally invasive prostate cancer surgery' – which involves fewer surgical incisions – and radiotherapy treatment for cancer.

Mr Hunt said: 'As the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday, more people than ever before are living longer lives thanks to the dedication of hardworking staff.

'It is

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