Figures show some NHS trusts are 10 times likelier than others to resort to an amputation, even though 80% could be preventable.
The number of diabetes-related amputations in England has reached an all-time high of 20 a day, according to new analysis.
Diabetes UK says there is an alarming difference in quality of care seen across the country and while the best-performing areas have consistently reduced their amputation rates, the worst-performing areas have made no improvements. Experts estimate that up to 80% of diabetes-related amputations are preventable. Most are caused by foot ulcers, which are avoidable and easy to treat if detected early.
Using Public Health England figures, the charity discovered there are now 7,370 amputations a year – considerably more than the earlier figure of 7,042. Diabetes UK wants the Government and the NHS to improve diabetes foot care, especially in areas where amputation rates are stagnant or getting worse.
Data suggests some NHS trusts are 10 times more likely than others to resort to an amputation than others.
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NHS trusts in the red areas are up to 10 times likelier to resort to an amputation