A SURGICAL robotic system could provide a major boost to cancer patients in the York area, an MP has revealed.

York Outer MP Julian Sturdy said in the Commons that the charity York Against Cancer had been approached by York Hospital regarding part-funding of a Da Vinci surgical robotic system for cancer.

He told Health Secretary Sajid Javid: "This revolutionary machine allows for fewer and smaller incisions, meaning faster patient recovery, shorter hospital stays, and ultimately better and faster cancer care.

"This ground-breaking new medical technology allows for more precise surgery, with greater dexterity and visibility for the surgeon via miniaturised instruments and a high-definition camera inserted into the patient. The result is less scarring, reduced pain and blood loss, and a lower risk of complications."

He asked the Minister for an assurance that the Government fully supported local collaborations wherever needed to introduce these machines, and was doing everything possible to roll out such new technology across the health service.

He said afterwards that Mr Javid had stressed the central importance the government attached to cancer care, and his department’s commitment to learning about the new technology and making it available across the NHS.

"The bottom line is that this enhanced surgery experience must be secured for York patients."