The charity Diabetes UK is urging the NHS and the government to take action over the rising number of diabetes-related amputations.


It has been revealed that 135 amputations are carried out each week in England as a result of diabetes. This amounts to 7,000 per year.


The figure, which was calculated using data from Public Health England, is the highest it has ever been. This is largely due to the increasing numbers of people developing the condition.


Those with type 1 and type 2 diabetes are 15 times more likely to need a limb amputation. This is because the condition can cause neuropathy and poor blood circulation.


However, it is estimated that with annual checks and timely treatment, four out of five amputations could be avoided.


#135 shoes


Diabetes UK has recently been raising awareness of the problem by asking people to tweet the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. The charity also displayed 135 shoes in Westminster to emphasise the seriousness of the issue.


The government and the NHS are being asked to improve diabetes care, ensuring every diabetes patient receives a good quality annual foot check.


The charity has also stressed the importance of treating anyone with diabetes who presents with a foot infection or problem.


“A stark reminder”


Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: “The fact that the total number of amputations is continuing to rise is a huge concern because we know the devastating impact they have on people’s lives.”


“As well as the psychological impact, they also cost lives as most people die within five years of having one.”


She added that more must be done to improve the standard of diabetes care. “These figures are a stark reminder that there is still so much more to be done.”


“For example, not enough people are receiving their annual foot check and those who do often tell us their check was not very thorough. This means they don’t understand their risk of amputation, how to look after their feet or the urgency of getting help if their foot deteriorates.”


Poor diabetes care


If you have had an amputation because of poor diabetes care, please contact us at Glynns Solicitors. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, you could be entitled to claim compensation.


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