This article by Meghan Smith lends further insight into variations in amputations within the UK's National Health Service.
A new study has found that a 'postcode lottery' exists in treatment of diabetes in the NHS, which is dependent on whether a specialist team of those in podiatry jobs is present.
Eighty per cent of diabetic amputations are potentially preventable with better treatment, according to the study, which says that amputations often reflect the quality of care the patient has experienced.
These figures were revealed after regional maps were created by NHS Right Care, looking at spending, key conditions, treatment and outcomes.
“With access to high quality care, patient education and effective diabetes management, there is no reason why people with diabetes should not live long and healthy lives,” said Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK.
“The devastating impact on some of the 2.3 million people in England with diabetes must not be dependent on geography,” she added.
The NHS Atlas of Variation also revealed extensive regional spending gaps in cancer care and the use of hospital beds for those with it.