Monday 21 October 2019

Diabetes group attacks high level of amputations

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

AN amputation is being carried out on diabetic patients every day, with just seven of the 16 new posts for podiatrists in the health service having been filled.

Diabetics have higher levels of blood glucose, which can damage the nerve endings in many areas of the body and organs.

Podiatrists are specialists in footcare who can help diabetics take care of their feet and avoid damage caused by foot ulcers and infections. But there is a big gap in services as recruitment has not taken place in Sligo, Cavan, Drogheda, Mullingar, Kilkenny, Kerry, Beaumont, Waterford and Wexford.

Diabetes Ireland said it was alarmed that sanctioned posts, including in podiatry and paediatric care, have not been filled despite funding being available since the beginning of 2013.

Dr Kevin Moore, a consultant endocrinologist, said: "Years of political inaction has resulted in shocking levels of diabetes-related lower-limb amputations – 781 in the two-year period, 2010 to 2011."

Irish Independent

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