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NHS Highland in reverse gear on patients' mileage rate

NHS Highland has decided to increase the allowance it gives to patients who have to travel long distances to go to hospital.

It follows complaints after the health board dropped its rate from 18p per mile to 13p in March.

It said its rate was based on the Inland Revenue's advisory fuel rates and Scottish government guidance.

After criticism from communities it serves, NHS Highland has raised its rate to 15p.

The health board spent more than £3m on travel allowances last year,

The NHS Highland mileage rates apply to patients who have to travel more than 30 miles - or more than five miles by water - to get to hospital.

Patients can claim repayment of travel expenses without a test of means, minus the first £10.00.

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