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Trust to reveal robot that can perform keyhole surgery

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust is to reveal a new state-of-the-art robot which will perform keyhole surgery.

The robot is to be revealed at Coventry's University Hospital Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The 'da Vinci' robot will be able to undertake prostate, kidney, bowel, throat and heart operations.

The Trust says it will mean minimal intrusion for patients, as it allows more complex procedures to be done using keyhole surgery. This means reduced blood loss and a quicker recovery time for the patient.

It is controlled by a surgeon using their hands and feet to control the machine's four arms. The robot has 10-times greater precision than the human hand.

Suspended doctor claims there is a 'witch-hunt' against him

Raj Mattu was suspended from his post in 2010 Credit: Matthew Cooper /PA Wire

A consultant cardiologist at the University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust has told an employment tribunal he fell victim to an NHS "witch-hunt" after revealing lies told about patient safety.

Raj Mattu, who was suspended from his post at the Trust for more than five years, claims he was unfairly dismissed in 2010.

Dr. Mattu accused his employer of endangering lives by allowing overcrowding on its wards in a 331 page statement submitted to a tribunal.

The tribunal, sitting in Birmingham, is expected to hear from five witnesses for Dr. Mattu and 23 people giving evidence on behalf of the Trust.

The hearing, which began last month, is expected to end in early August.