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Headaches

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the percentage of the population that experience regular and severe migraine and other headache-related disorders; (194203)

(2) what assessment he has made of the effect of headache disorders on absenteeism in the NHS;

(3) what assessment he has made of the provision of NHS services for those who experience regular and severe headache disorders;

(4) how many specialist headache clinics there are.

We have made no estimate of the percentage of the population who experience regular and severe migraine and headaches.

No assessment has been made of the effect of headache disorders on the national health service.

No assessment has been made of the provision of NHS services for those living with regular and severe headache disorders. The provision of services to meet the needs of those living with migraine and headaches is specifically covered by the National Service Framework (NSF) for Long-term Conditions. The NSF has a 10-year implementation programme from its publication in March 2005, with flexibility for organisations to set the pace of change locally to take account of local priorities and needs. A copy of the NSF is available in the Library.

Information on the number of specialist headache clinics is not collected.