Health bosses have partially backtracked on plans to cut the provision of senior podiatrists in Northamptonshire, after concerns that patients could lose their legs and feet.
Northamptonshire Healthcare had proposed to cut two of the four diabetes specialist podiatrists from its roster, one from the north of the county and one from the south.
But following feedback from patients, it has reinstated one of the posts.
The Chron reported last month that Darren Dale, 38, from Kingsthorpe, believed the move would lead to a loss of experience.
Diabetes UK Northampton also wrote to the chief executive of NHS Northamptonshire Healthcare, Angela Hillary, urging her to retain the specialists. The branch believed there was a greater risk of patients losing parts of their legs and feet.
Mr Dale spoke at the latest meeting of the Health, Adult Care and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee at County Hall .
He said: “I’m concerned about the impact on care, and that the NHS is cutting the lead podiatrist in both the north and the south of the county. We have lost 40 years of experience and knowledge.
“I don’t know how it can be acceptable to lose that level of experience at the drop of a hat.”
In response, Mrs Hillary said: “We have put a senior podiatry post back in. Every patient at high risk in the county will continue to get the care they need.”
The meeting was also told that podiatrists only spendhalf their time on skilled treatment, according to Northamptonshire Healthcare.
That shocked Councillor Sandra Barnes (Con, Tove) who said it was a waste of their skills.