Migraine Trust calls for condition to be treated as serious

The Migraine Trust's new chief executive has promised to campaign to get the Government to treat migraines as seriously as any other debilitating condition and not as "just a headache".

Alan Bartle moves from the Lymphoma Association to replace Ann Rush, who retired in September. He said that 187,000 people are kept off work every day because of migraines.

"All of this is weakening our economy because migraines are not currently acknowledged as a serious threat by the Government. We aim to persuade the Department of Health otherwise," said Bartle.

The Department of Health has a list of treatment standards that a patient can expect, which are contained in its document National Service Framework on Long Term Neurological Conditions.

"It is crucial that this document includes migraines so that 10 million UK sufferers can benefit from more efficient treatment," said Bartle.

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