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Opinions on amputation technology sought

By Editor
23rd June 2016
Footcare, Latest news

Healthcare professionals are being asked to help with an inquiry looking at patient access to technology designed to help prevent lower limb amputation.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Vascular Disease has launched an online survey and is encouraging experts within the field of diabetes and other areas affected to amputation to have their say.

Over 11,500 lower limb amputations are carried out every year, the vast majority of which are as a direct result of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), diabetes or commonly a combination of the two.

Referring to the number of amputations in an email sent out by the group’s secretariat, Sara Petela said: “The Group believes this is unacceptable and that amputation should be seen as a failure of treatment, rather than a treatment option.”

Submissions will feed into a short report that brings together the opinions of clinicians, patients and other stakeholders across England on the availability of technology and how patients at high immediate risk of amputation should be treated.

Deadline for submissions is 12pm on Friday, August 12, 2016.  An oral evidence session will also be held between 13:00-15:00 on the July 12, 2016.

For anyone who wishes to take part, contact the group secretariat at

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