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East Staffordshire diabetics having more amputations

Person Self-Administering an Injecting in the Arm --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Person Self-Administering an Injecting in the Arm --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

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NEW figures have revealed that there has been a rise in the number of people with diabetes forced to have amputations in East Staffordshire .

The new figures, based on NHS data, showed that, in East Staffordshire, 3.6 per thousand people with diabetes per year had an amputation between 2010 and 2013, compared to 3.3 for the period 2009 to 2012.

The rate of people having a minor amputation has increased by 0.7 per thousand people.

The major amputation rate has fallen by 0.3 per thousand people, from 1.0 down to 0.7.

Dr Charles Pidsley, chairman of East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Our group was established in April 2013 and, following a detailed review of all diabetes services, our local GPs, who commission services, recognised that the services were not achieving the outcomes we would expect to see.

“We will be working with patients and with potential suppliers of these services over the coming months to find better solutions which will help patients manage their condition more independently and to help them to reduce the risk of their health deteriorating and improve outcomes.”

Overall, people with diabetes are more than 20 times more likely to have a lower limb amputation than people without the condition and there are more than 100 in the UK every week.

In neighbouring South Derbyshire, 2.5 per thousand people with diabetes per year had an amputation between 2010 and 2013, compared to 2.7 for the period from 2009-2012.

Pete Shorrick, Diabetes UK regional manager in the Midlands, said: “Since last year, when we raised our concerns with Southern Derbyshire CCG about their amputation rate, I am pleased to see that their rate has fallen and look forward to continuing to work with the CCG to bring the rate down further.

“We hope to see the implementation of a clear action plan in East Staffordshire.”

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