What is the St. Vincent Declaration?
Representatives of government health departments and patients' organisations from all European countries met diabetes experts in St. Vincent in Italy in 1989. They agreed a number of recommendations for member states to adhere to in order to improve diabetes care for their citizens. The main target set for feet was to "reduce the numbers of limb amputations for diabetic gangrene by 50% in a five year period"
The British Department of Health and the British Diabetic Association jointly set up a task force in 1992. It produced a number of reports. It produced some "Key Facts" and some "Priority needs" as set out below:
The St. Vincent Declaration 1989
4.09 Preventing foot complications in diabetes
Reduce the rate of limb amputations for diabetic gangrene by half.
Most health districts in the UK have set up Local Diabetes Service Advisory Groups to try and achieve these aims.
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