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Stone calls for healthcare staff to be 'fairly reimbursed' for work mileage

By Gordon Calder

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A CALL has been made by far north MP, Jamie Stone, for a better deal for healthcare staff who travel around the Highlands as part of their job.

The Caithness, Sutherland and easter Ross MP would like to see nurses and other healthcare employees fairly reimbursed for the mileage they incur in their work.

He pointed out that NHS staff who travel more than 3,500 miles annually see their reimbursement reduced from 61p to 25p a mile.

The Liberal Democrat MP said that in his constituency, some nursing staff move on to the lower rate in "a matter of months given the large areas they cover, leaving them out of pocket."

Mr Stone has written to NHS Scotland asking for the 3,500 mile rule to be abolished, in recognition of the long distances that many rural nurses and carers travel in the course of their work.

Jamie Stone wants healthcare staff to be 'fairly reimbursed' for their travel
Jamie Stone wants healthcare staff to be 'fairly reimbursed' for their travel

He said: "The hard-working nursing staff in the north of Scotland face some unique challenges – not least the incredibly long journeys many of them make to care for local people.

"But NHS Scotland rules dramatically slash staff mileage reimbursement after 3,500 miles, leaving many rural nurses and carers out of pocket."

He made his plea on Nurses' Day on Thursday (May 12) and added: "Let's celebrate our frontline health professionals with actions rather than just words, by making sure they are fairly compensated for the work that they do."

NHS Scotland staff mileage rates are: up to 3,500 miles, 61p a mile. After 3,500 miles, 25p a mile.

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