NHS to cut £4.4bn cost of mi­graines

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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.

Needs

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.

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