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Surrey could ‘declare a major incident which would prioritise NHS workers’ to get fuel

by LLB political Reporter
28th Sep 21 2:25 pm

If people do not stop panic buying then the government will give exclusive access for all key workers at various filling stations across the country.

Under emergency government plans sources have said that certain stations will only be kept as a back up option for emergency workers and other key workers.

Nurses, doctors, ambulance staff, police, care workers and teachers have been left stranded and on Tuesday school buses across parts of Oxfordshire had run out fuel as the pumps have run dry.

Surrey council leader Tim Oliver warned that a “major incident” could be declared which will then prioritise key workers in getting fuel over anyone else.

Oliver said, “We have been experiencing the same problems as everyone else so we are deciding whether or not to declare a major incident which would give the forum powers to prioritise key workers.

“We have got access to fuel supplies which we can designate for priority workers so social workers can be given a card which enables them to access those supplies.

“We have also got our own electric vehicles so our role would be to coordinate that activity so those people who need to travel can.”

Christina McAnea, general secretary of health union Unison, warned , “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 (BMA) also warned there’s a “real risk NHS staff won’t be able to do their jobs,” the government must proritise essential workers to be able to get fuel.

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