Despite the increasing prevalence of robotic surgery, access is not always equal. In an HSJ roundtable, sponsored by CMR Surgical, a panel of experts explored how this could be changed

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The use of robotic surgery in the NHS has expanded massively since the first robots were used two decades or so ago. But uptake is far from uniform across the country and patients in some areas – and some specialties – may not have access to this surgery.

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This is despite a body of evidence which shows benefits for patients and for organisations who adopt robotic surgery. The basic robots of a decade or more ago are also being replaced by more sophisticated ones which offer additional benefits for both surgeons and patients.

An HSJ roundtable, sponsored by CMR Surgical, set out to look at some of the benefits from the use of robots and ask whether the NHS is making the most of robotic surgery.


  • Jag Ahluwalia, chief clinical officer, Eastern Academic Health Science Network
  • Danny Bailey, interim director of strategy, Frimley Health Foundation Trust
  • Richard Hammond, managing director, East and North Hertfordshire Trust
  • Jennifer Kearney, associate director of operations, Milton Keynes University Hospital Foundation Trust
  • Mark Slack, chief medical officer and co-founder, CMR Surgical
  • Professor Jared Torkington, consultant colorectal surgeon and medical director for innovation, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, and clinical lead for the Welsh robotic surgery programme
  • Nuha Yassin, consultant colorectal surgeon, Royal Wolverhampton Trust and council member at the Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Claire ReadHSJ contributor – roundtable chair