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Huge variation in diabetes amputation

7th March 2012

A study published in the journal Diabetologia has found that amputation rates for diabetes patients are 10 times higher in some parts of England than in others.

The findings coincide with an NHS report putting the annual cost of diabetes-related amputations at £120m and also an acknowledgement from the Department of Health that amputation rates in some areas are too high. The study compared lower-leg amputation rates for local health trusts over three years and found they ranged from just over two each year for every 10,000 patients to 22.

 

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