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Tuesday, 25 March 2014
Thousands of diabetics could lose limbs due to shortage of specialist nurses
Nearly 40% of diabetes nurses’ roles are being reviewed or have been downgraded because of savage NHS cuts
Thousands of diabetics could lose a foot or a leg because of a “dramatic shortage” of specialist nurses.
Nearly 40% of diabetes nurses’ roles are being reviewed or have been downgraded because of savage NHS cuts, according to the charity Diabetes UK and two nursing organisations.
And a third of hospitals do not have any specialists who are trained to spot symptoms that cause heart and kidney disease or nerve damage – which can lead to amputation.