Redditch MP Karen Lumley is backing a call by Diabetes UK for action to improve diabetes foot care for people with the condition admitted to hospital.
Figures show that in England hospitals are not giving foot checks to more than two thirds of people with diabetes on admission, despite this being recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
One in every six patients in hospitals in England has diabetes and should be getting a foot risk assessment on admission. Nationally, as only 29 per cent are actually having their feet checked by hospital staff, foot infections or ulcers can potentially be missed and develop unnoticed during their stay.
There are now more than 20 diabetes-related amputations a day in England, many of which could be prevented if the right foot care was in place.
Diabetes UK is urging NHS Trusts to review their current systems to improve the level of foot risk assessments carried out.
Karen said: "Diabetes UK has highlighted that the majority of people with diabetes are still not getting a foot risk assessment when they are admitted to hospital, or even at any point during their stay, despite this being a clear recommendation from NICE.
"It is worrying that such a simple measure which could identify those at risk and protect their feet while in hospital is, in many cases, not occurring."
Nikki Joule, Policy Manager at Diabetes UK, said: "We are pleased to have Karen's support on what is a very important issue. The NICE guidance has been shown to improve care, and have an impact on hospital acquired ulcers, reducing the length of stay and saving money."
Statement on Westminster attack
Following the attack on police and members of the public in central London yesterday (Wednesday, 22 March 2017), Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County commented as follows:
"Yesterday was a very sad day for the people of our country, particularly in London, and my first thoughts are with those who were killed or injured and their families.
"Westminster is the seat of one of the oldest and most respected Governments in the world, and upholds values of free speech, liberty, human rights, and the rule of law – values shared by free people around the world. Amongst the bloodshed of yesterday, we must never waiver from our resolve to beat the terrorists.
"I, along with many MPs, actually knew PC Keith Palmer, the policeman who died, because he was often the first friendly face we would see when entering the Parliamentary estate. I often shared a morning joke with him. My deepest sympathies lie with his family and those of others killed or injured."
Karen was not in Parliament yesterday as she is currently still at home in Redditch recovering from her illness.
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