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Community Health Services: Fuels

Health written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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Photo of Helen Jones Helen Jones Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the effects of increases in fuel prices on district nurses and health visitors in the NHS who use their own cars for work; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

Rates of reimbursement for travelling expenses are contained in the national health service terms and conditions handbook. These apply to district nurses and health visitors unless alternative arrangements have been agreed locally. Any changes to national rates of reimbursement would be agreed by the NHS Staff Council.

Proposals for a new national system of reimbursing travel expenses were published by the NHS Staff Council on 14 October 2010. If agreed the proposal provides a system that is simpler, fairer, more transparent and better for the environment. The proposal also includes a review mechanism which will allow rates to reflect the changing cost of motoring.

These new rates of reimbursement would apply to journeys made on and after 1 July 2013. Existing rates will apply until then.

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