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Headaches: Health Services

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many headache (a) medical and (b) nursing specialists operate within the NHS. (194206)

Medical and nursing staff working in the national health service who specialise in treating or diagnosing headaches are not identified in the NHS Workforce Census. There are a variety of causes of a headache and if a cause can be identified then the care of the patient will follow the appropriate clinical pathway.

In April 2003 the College of General Practitioners and the Department issued joint guidance “Guidelines for the Appointment of General Practitioners With Special Interests in the Delivery of Clinical Service—Headaches”. This guidance has been placed in the Library.