Diabetes UK have reported that 20 diabetes related amputations are taking place a day, translating to a concerning 7,300 a year, a record high.
Even though the charity has accomplished incredible achievements to decrease the UK’s major amputation rate since 2012, Diabetes UK has voiced continued concern about the difference in diabetes related amputation rates across the country. According to the charity, there are areas in the UK which have steadily decreased the number of amputations carried out, but other areas have made no advances. According to recent figures, some NHS hospital trusts are 10 times more likely than others to advise and perform an amputation, even though 80% could be preventable.
Most of the diabetes related amputations are caused by foot ulcers, which are preventable and easy to treat if identified promptly. As a result, Diabetes UK is urging the Government and the NHS to improve foot care for diabetic patients, especially in areas where amputation rates haven’t changed or are increasing.
Diabetes UK’s chief executive, said:
“We know the devastating impact they have on people’s lives as well as the huge cost to the NHS, yet we are not seeing action happening quickly enough across all areas of the country to address this. It’s a travesty that good quality foot care is a postcode lottery. People need to be getting the right care in the right place at the right time now.”
Amputation claims specialist at Boyes Turner, Sita Soni says:
“The publication of these figures is a strong reminder of the life changing consequences that can occur with diabetes and reiterates the importance of regular foot checks for diabetic patients. It is encouraging that due to charities like Diabetes UK, the importance of diabetic care remains in the spotlight. Hopefully the campaigns will result in positive changes in the areas in the UK which need improvement, so the number of diabetic avoidable amputations decrease.”