Amputations in patients with diabetes
Diabetes UK recently published data which showed there were 27,465 amputations from 2015–2018. This is marked increase on previous years.
The Charity attributed this to a lack of specialist foot care teams, made up of podiatrists, physicians and nurses, within hospitals. Therefore, there was less awareness of the severe impact that foot injuries or wounds can have.
Dan Howarth, Head of Care Diabetes stated that “The differences in the standard of treatment between areas is unacceptable. An amputation, regardless of whether it’s defined as minor or major, is devastating and life-changing. A ‘minor’ amputation can still involve losing a whole foot. Especially as many diabetes amputations are avoidable through better quality care – we have to do better. To stop this upward trend in amputations, we are urging NHS England to stay true to their commitments and ensure people with diabetes have access to the specialist care and support they need.”
If feel that you or a loved one has not received the appropriate care and treatment which has lead to an amputation, please contact Graystons Solicitors for fee initial advice. We can also advise you on the range of funding options available to you, including whether you may be able to fund any legal action under a “no win, no fee agreement”.