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Community nurses to be hit by cut in mileage rate

The rate NHS staff can claim for travel expenses is to be reduced by almost 20 per cent, which NHS Employers estimates would save the service £20m annually, it has emerged.

NHS Employers has confirmed the rate for travel reimbursements will be cut from 67p to 54p per mile from 1 July. The change is being made under a deal with NHS trade unions agreed last year, which came into effect on 1 April.

Under the deal, travel expenses are being tracked and compared every six months to estimates by the AA Motoring Costs guide. It has recently reported a reduction, due to a downward trend in car insurance cost, and vehicles’ loss of value.

The changes apply to more than one million staff under the Agenda for Change pay framework including community nurses and health visitors, but do not cover medical staff, who have a separate arrangement.

NHS Employers chief executive Dean Royles said: “This is one of those win-win agreements. Employees are now paying less for work related travel due to reductions in motoring costs.

“As a result, employers will pay fair, reduced expenses and will be able to reinvest savings back into patient services, helping the NHS and its staff manage significant demands on the NHS.”

Readers' comments (23)

  • If it is a win win situation then why doesnt it cover medical staff yet again !

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  • Well - blame the Unions for negotiating this.

    However, I do have to say that I work in the voluntary sector and there we get 40p per mile. The voluntary sector does tend to work more efficiently for on is reasons, so you are lucky to have previously got much more.

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  • Car Insurance cheaper?
    Oh no no no no!

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  • I use a push bike and never got a thing! Put in extra hours to cover wear and tear.

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  • District nurses in our area already do not have time for meal beaks or coffee breaks, and have to work at home beyond their hours consistently to write up notes and many rely on the mileage to make up their meager salary... so thanks a bunch.

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  • The 67p rate agreed less than 12 months ago I believe? So why no mention then of this then I wonder? Also if all the relevant motor agencies were consulted at that point why the decrease? My car insurance isn't cheaper, nor is my diesel and neither are my maintenance bills! Another Dick Turpin move against the lower wage earners of the NHS whilst the medical staff continue to be nicely protected; bravo senior NHS bods. Revolution will come!

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  • What concerns me is that the unions, who we pay are negotiating things like this is secret. Why do we members not know of the proposals until after a deal has been accepted? I cannot understand why anything is permitted to be 'top secret' between management and union reps. Surely of they represent us we should know what is being negotiated on. We have only just had one major change in mileage payments thrust upon how would we know another was on the cards?

    Admittedly we are still better off than careers who are not paid travel expenses or even travel time. Just hope that unions are not having secret talks about that next.

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  • Does this mean that we can now ask to use Works cars and not our own

    I am a CPN and I have to use my own car as the Trust I work for will NOT supply automatic cars

    Any ideas guys?

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  • that's sooo funny. I haven't seen a reduction in car insurance, my maintainance for the car hasn't reduced and is likey to go up as last year I estimated 15,000 miles [ and yes I am aware they are not all work miles] and I like to know where they getting those costings from in our trust we get 45p an mile.

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  • I would like to see these trade unions who agree on things that affect me personally!!!

    The NHS took away the regular users allowance, they paid us 44p a mile for several years even when the price of petrol went up to nearly £1.40pr ltr.

    Yes, they paid me 69p per mile for the first 3500 miles then reduced the payment to 24p per mile. Working in a rural area our team’s mileage rockets per year. I only use my car for work, hence all the cost of my car are down to me, yes I pay for my own car to work for the NHS. If I have an accident at work the NHS doesn’t pay anything towards my increased costs.
    I pay for my petrol out of my wages, hence I have to put money by to pay for petrol, most people only have to pay for travelling to and from work.
    So yes, we are saving the tax payers money but at a cost to ourselves.
    I am all for saving money! I don’t even mind not having my lunch or going home late, being exhausted, giving my patients 100% going the extra mile, being caring and compassionate, but surely this legalised mugging has got to stop somewhere??
    If only I could down tools and say enough’s, enough….

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  • seems to be insult to our community nurses. we really need them and this is how they are treated. soon they may find they cannot afford to do the job.


    "“As a result, employers will pay fair, reduced expenses and will be able to reinvest savings back into patient services, helping the NHS and its staff manage significant demands on the NHS.”"

    seems more like playing on their emotions, and manipulation pure to those who give more than enough already!

    also poor psychology, if they are left feeling unsupported. you get what you pay for in this life and if you refuse to pay for good service you are not going to get it.

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  • tinkerbell

    the hits just keep on coming, don't they?

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  • i think that 54p a mile is a terrific rate. I'm a student nurse and for extra miles to placement that are beyond the mileage to uni we get 23p per mile if we have a car with more than a 1.25 engine, otherwise it's 16.2p per mile.

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  • They put up the cost from 67p a mile which was static for many years. At the same time they stopped the regular user allowance, saving themselves £750 per year. In my Trust someone who is able to cycle is paid more than the car user mileage alowance once the 3500mile threshold is reached. It is madness! I could not do my job on a push bike.
    I am a band 6 nurse, a CPN with 34 years service. My wage has effectively gone down because of this over the past year and now The Nursing Times informs me that mileage will go down again.
    Why are CPNs classed as regular users when it is ESSENTIAL to use your care for the role? My social work colleagues are classed as ESSENTIAL Users AND get an allowance for wear and tear due to work mileage?. Where do their statistics come from, running my car costs me more year on year, not less?? Why are our unions agreeing to such measures without consultation wth their members? I am just glad I can get out of this increasingly corrupt organisation in the next few years!

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  • My understanding is that the 67p mileage allowance was agreed as the regular user lump sum was discontinued and it was to subsidise this loss of income. The 67p is not a flat rate and decreases after at certain point. I don't think we should be totally surprised that it is now being cut - it's just a game - and the NHS employers clearly think that its an employers market to carry this out in this fashion - and unfortunately I think that they are right, I don't know why we are even expressing our disappointment with our unions - they've always been ornamental rather than functional. It's a sad place we find ourselves in - I think it'll get much sadder before it gets better.

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  • A 10% real terms pay cut since the tories came to power.

    Now this.

    We're all in this together.

    We reap what we sow.

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  • tinkerbell

    they have whittled away at our pay, term & conditions that there isn't very much to attract the next generation to come into nursing which is probably the game plan to cull nursing even further.

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  • are they trying to discourage the profession so they can privatise community nursing as well?

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  • Fails to mention how it goes to 20p per mile after the first 3500 miles!!!

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  • They also stopped the regular user payment. I have lost nearly £100-150 a month because of new mileage systems brought in at work and now this!

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