Footcare for People with Diabetes: The Economic Case for Change – NHS Diabetes – 7 March 2012

Posted on March 14, 2012. Filed under: Diabetes, Health Economics, Podiatry |

Footcare for People with Diabetes: The Economic Case for Change – NHS Diabetes – 7 March 2012

“A new report published today by NHS Diabetes sets out the shocking cost to both patients and the NHS of poor quality diabetic foot care. The report shows that around £650 million (or £1 in every £150 the NHS spends) is spent on foot ulcers or amputations each year. It also highlights the devastating consequences of foot problems in people with diabetes. Around 7% of people with diabetes currently have, or have had, a foot ulcer, which can lead to amputation. 50% of people who have a major amputation die within two years; many of these amputations could be avoided with the right care.

NHS Diabetes is calling on the NHS to set up specialist diabetes foot care teams as a matter of urgency. Foot care multi disciplinary teams (MDTs) can generate savings for the NHS that substantially outweigh the cost of the team. One example shows how a local hospital team costing around £33,000 a year generated savings of almost £¼ million a year for the local NHS. Most importantly MDTs have been shown to reduce amputations by up to two thirds.”

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