NHS to cut £4.4bn cost of migraines
NHS England has announced plans to prevent up to 16,500 emergency hospital admissions for headaches and migraines each year.
The cost to the economy from migraines is estimated at £4.4billion owing to three million migrainerelated sick days, NHS England said.
Greater use of headache diaries, in which patients record their symptoms, and faster access to specialist advice for family doctors, are among the measures to reduce pressure on frontline services.
The number of emergency hospital admissions for headaches and migraines has increased by 14 per cent over the past five years, according to NHS England.
Hugh McCaughley, NHS national director for improvement, said: “There are local health services doing really well in meeting people’s needs [for headaches and migraines] early in the community, and reducing the need for hospital care.”
Around 10 million people aged between 16 and 69 suffer from migraines, which are classified as a disabling illness.
The health service spends £150million each year treating migraines and £250million on headaches.