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David Oliver: Will robotic automation solve social care?

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 21 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4854

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I thank Prescott and Robillard for their comprehensive and eloquent response. There is very little they have said that I would want to disagree with and I don't pretend to have their content expertise in this field.

However, I still can't find the basis of the assertions and assumptions made by the Institute for Public Policy Research about the scale of savings in person-hours or costs in the two tables they presented.

As a non-expert but someone interested in how data are presented to influence public policy and the provenance and quality of the data, it would be good if someone could explain the workings behind the tables to me and to readers.

The link is here [1].

David Oliver


Competing interests: No competing interests

23 November 2018
David Oliver
Consultant Physician