Personal Injury, Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence

Simple diabetes checks could save the NHS billions

Diabetics are undergoing amputations which could be prevented

In our earlier blog post of November 2012, Diabetes Care we commented on the inadequacy of routine diabetes checks in England & Wales following a Public Accounts Committee review.

Articles in The Times newspaper recently have commented further on this issue. It is estimated that 7,000 diabetic patients undergo foot amputation surgery each year, due to complications of their condition which could easily be prevented with more proactive management and better patient education.

Diabetes costs the NHS £10 billion per year, and the numbers are on the rise. It is estimated that by 2025, there will be 5 million patients with diabetes in the UK. In addition, approximately 75,000 deaths per year are attributable to diabetes-related complications.

The Society for Chiropodists and Podiatrists is calling for changes to the way in which the health service deals with diabetic patients to prevent the NHS from becoming overwhelmed with the cost of treatments. Diabetes UK are also emphasising the mantra that prevention is better than cure.

To that end, simple checks (such as regular eye examination, blood tests and podiatry checks) could ensure that patients keep on top of their condition, preventing serious complications from arising.

We have represented patients whose diabetes has not been properly monitored and who have suffered serious consequences, such as amputations or loss of vision.

If you would like advice regarding your diabetes care, please contact a member of our specialist medical negligence team for advice.