Record Number of People Undergoing Amputations because of Diabetes

Diabetes UK says too many patients with diabetes are receiving inadequate care from NHS as latest figures show 135 patients a week underwent amputations

A nurse giving a patient a diabetes test. An estimated 3.9 million people in the UK have the condition. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

A record 135 people a week are having to undergo amputations as a result of diabetes, NHS figures show.

Previously unpublished figures from Public Health England (PHE) show that 18,080 patients with diabetes underwent an amputation of some sort between 2007 and 2010