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Patients: Travel

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 10th July 2018.

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Photo of Andrea Jenkyns Andrea Jenkyns Conservative, Morley and Outwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people claimed a refund of reasonable travel costs under the NHS healthcare travel costs assistance scheme in 2017-18.

Photo of Andrea Jenkyns Andrea Jenkyns Conservative, Morley and Outwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people who successfully claimed a refund for reasonable travel costs under the NHS healthcare travel costs assistance scheme in 2017-18 were aged under 25.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS) is a mandatory scheme. The National Health Service (Travel Expenses and Remission of Charges) Regulations 2003 (as amended), place a legal requirement on clinical commissioning groups, NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts to pay the NHS travel expenses of eligible patients through HTCS.

The scheme is administered by the NHS locally and responsibility for collecting any data rests with local NHS organisations and claimants are not required to state their age on their claim form. The Department does not collect data in respect of the Scheme centrally.

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