freephone 0800 862 0373
Sign in to view your quotes
Email address:
Password or PIN:

Forgotten your password? Reset it here.

Diabetes amputation rates vary widely across England in another example of the NHS postcode lottery

Published on 07/03/2012

The NHS postcode lottery, a term describing the variation in NHS trusts across the country, has extended to diabetes care, with amputation rates 10 times higher in some parts of England than in others.

Researchers compared lower-leg amputation rates for Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) across England over 3 years. Published in the journal Diabetologia, the figures highlight the importance of ensuring the right specialist care for diabetes sufferers, and the absence of this in certain NHS trusts.

Diabetes is a long-term condition caused by too much glucose in the blood. If it is poorly controlled, diabetes can limit the blood supply to the feet and cause a loss of feeling. This can mean foot injuries do not heal well, and the lack of feeling means sufferers may not notice if their foot is sore or injured.

But worryingly, there is a huge variation in the rates of both major and minor amputation for patients with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes across the country. For major amputations, rates vary from just over 2 each year for every 10,000 patients to 22.

Compared with the general population, people with diabetes were over 20 times more likely to have an amputation.

NHS Portsmouth has one of the highest rates of major amputations in England.

Study authors say that many hospitals in England do not have the necessary teams trained to deal with diabetes, and a lot of health staff are not trained to recognise the risks of foot disease. Multi-disciplinary teams should include podiatrists, surgeons and specialist nurses to manage every aspect of the condition.

Diabetic amputations are thought to cost the NHS £120m every year. The report author, Marion Kerr, says the savings from specialist foot care teams are six or seven times greater than the costs of setting them up.

In a statement the Health Minister for England, Paul Burstow, accepted that the problem had to be tackled. He said: "Amputation rates in some areas of the country are too high.

“Diabetics need to get their feet checked regularly and should see their local diabetes multi-disciplinary specialist or GP if they have concerns - this will prevent amputations.”

Since diabetes is considered a chronic condition, private medical insurance is unlikely to cover it. For more information, speak to one of our specialist advisors or compare health insurance quotes online now.

© ActiveQuote Ltd. 2012

Categories:  MedicalNHS and Hospitals
Diabetes amputation rates vary widely across England in another example of the NHS postcode lotteryThe NHS postcode lottery, a term describing the variation in NHS trusts across the country, has extended to diabetes care, with amputation r    tweet it on twittershare with your friends on Facebookshare with your friends on MySpaceBlog it on your LinkedIn profile

No.1 health insurance broker as rated by customers

Good value and the advisor was very helpful and recommended the best policy for my grandson. I would definitely use this service again and recommend to others.

Review centre member

We were contacted in good time to make a knowledgable choice. We were given plenty of options with lots of information to enable us to make the right choice.

Review centre member

The service I received was excellent, the staff member was very efficient and knowledgable. She went out of her way to get the best policy for me.

Review centre member

Great service. I really appreciated the help provided by Active Quote to arrange health insurance. The agent was very informative and proactive. Many thanks!

Review centre member

I received excellent care and attention from the first phone call till the last. Friendly, efficient and patient.

Review centre member

Staff are very helpful, friendly and polite. They call back when they say they will and keep you up to date with progress. Pleasure to deal with.

Review centre member

Very polite and friendly, and gave detailed explanations of all aspects of the cover. Reassuring to know that if you do have a problem there is someone you can contact.

Review centre member

Friendly and efficient. Nothing was too much trouble even when i needed to make a small change, excellent service.

Review centre member

The advisor was incredibly helpful and fully explained the differences between the policies. I really liked the fact that I was put under no pressure.

Review centre member

I was pleasantly surprised with the in-depth knowledge, the efficiency and the nice and polite manner of the staff - the explanations were made very clearly.

Review centre member
This site is operated by Insurance Broker ActiveQuote Ltd registered in England & Wales company number 6765845.
Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Firm reference number 501109 as detailed on the Financial Services Register. Please read our Key Facts document.
For information about your rights as a consumer visit Citizens Advice.

Our insurance comparison service is free and easy for you to use, but you are responsible for making sure all your information is entered correctly, and for choosing your insurer.

This site uses cookies in order to work correctly - these are not harmful and do not contain personal information. By using this site you consent to this. I understand  Tell me more

please wait ...