STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

Could robot nurses ease the pain at NHS? By Rachel McKenzie

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The increasing care needs of an ageing population will be difficult to meet without help, says Rachel McKenzie. An automated service might be the answer

ROBOT nurses may soon provide companionship as well as practical care to pensioners according to the UK government strategy for Robotics and Autonomous System. Who else, indeed, will do this for the now 11 million people aged 65 or over in the UK? By 2050 the elderly will comprise 16 per cent of the global population and three-quarters of them will have a care need. Few human care professionals will be equipped or willing to take this responsibility.
The present surge towards the silver economy targets robotics entrepreneurs to get ready to fill the gap. Our mission, says government innovation specialist, Jackie Marshall-Balloch, is “to demonstrate that through innovations in technology … dependent lifestyles can become an engine for economic growth, leading to a reduction in the financial burden on state”.

 The 80 plus age group in the UK represents an expanding market at £ 21.4 billion a year.

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