HC Deb 14 January 1999 vol 323 c232W
Dr. Brand

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what financial support is available to Scottish island residents travelling to mainland hospitals for specialist treatment and advice. [65275]

Mr. Galbraith

The Highlands and Islands Patients Travelling Expenses Scheme provides for the reimbursement of travelling expenses in excess of a contribution, currently £8.00, for patients attending hospital, where the distance travelled from the patient's home (or place of residence) to the hospital is 30 miles or more, or involves a journey by sea of more than 5 miles.