Robotic lifeline an ‘assault on dignity’

By Sue Restan

Published: 06/07/2013

Health chiefs are planning to use robots to treat dementia sufferers in their own homes.

The pilot project was hailed last night as a potential lifeline to people in isolated areas – but a pensioner group branded it “an appalling assault on human dignity”.

The 5ft-tall wheeled robot – called the Giraff – will be driven around patients’ homes remotely by relatives or carers and will display the face of the person operating it.

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