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Government Study Reveals Diabetes Amputation Concerns

NHS Atlas of Variation Released


Swift action needs to be taken by health authorities following the publication of a new study into variations in the standards of NHS care across England, a clinical negligence lawyer at Irwin Mitchell has suggested.

The NHS Atlas of Variation has been published by the Department of Health and highlights the regional differences in care in relation to conditions including cancer and diabetes.

Among the most concerning statistics was that there are over 70 amputations a week carried out on diabetes patients, with the report suggesting that up to 80 per cent of them are potentially preventable through the wider use of basic checks.

Lisa Jordan, a Partner who specialises in medical law and patient rights, said: “This report has highlighted serious issues in relation to diabetes healthcare which need to be addressed.

“The suggestion that those being treated for diabetes need to have limbs amputated because straightforward procedures and checks are not being carried out in certain regions is deeply concerning.

“Patient safety should always be a top priority and it is important that everyone has access to the healthcare they deserve no matter where they live. No one should face a postcode lottery in relation to the NHS services that they receive.”

According to Diabetes UK, around 2.8 million people have diabetes in the UK, while many people are yet to be diagnosed.