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Headaches

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 10 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the proportion of the working population who suffer from migraine or other headache disorders; (241418)

(2) if he will estimate the number of people in employment who experience migraine or other headache disorders.

We have no estimates, or plans to make such estimates, of the proportion of the working population living with migraine or headache disorders.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist headache disorder nurses there are in England; and in which hospitals or health centres they are based. (241544)

Nursing staff working for 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 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 of Health issued joint guidance “Guidelines for the Appointment of General Practitioners With Special Interests in the Delivery of Clinical Service—Headaches”. This guidance has already been placed in the Library.