الخميس 18 شوال 1443هـ - 19-05-2022م

Concerns over Fuel Shortage Crisis ravaging the UK Health Sector

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - September 26: Motorists queue up for fuel at a Sainsbury’s supermarket petrol station in North West London, United Kingdom on September 26, 2021. Companies including BP and Shell have stated issues with the distribution of fuel due to the lack of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers. ( Ray Tang - Anadolu Agency )

Many voices of import have spoken up about the fuel’s crisis bleeding effect on several key sectors. Namely, health chiefs and unions have pointed out that the shortage of fuel is ravaging the health sector and the NHS workers.

Health chiefs fear patients could be at risk due to NHS workers needing to queue up for fuel.

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And as Tories yet again blamed drivers for the crisis, as reported by the Mirror, some say foreign drivers are likely to snub ­Transport Secretary Grant’s Shapps’ offer of temporary visas to help ease the crisis.

Concern Raisers

The Mirror listed a few key voices concerning the effect of fuel shortages on the health sectors:

GMB union national officer Rachel Harrison said: “During this completely avoidable crisis, petrol must be ­prioritised for those key workers who save lives and keep the country moving.”

UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea added: “Ambulance crews, nurses, care workers, teaching assistants, police staff and other key workers mustn’t be left stranded or forced to queue for hours simply to get to a pump.”

The British Medical Association warned there was a “real risk NHS staff won’t be able to do their jobs”.

And the Royal College of Nursing said the fuel supply problems could lead to patient care being compromised.

Exceptions

The call for NHS cutting in line seems to be further justified by recent events. Police officers were spotted jumping a queue at a petrol station in Hackney, East London.

The Met defended the move. It said: “We had to jump the queue, our cars are empty.”

Source: Mirror

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