The British Medical Association (BMA) has warned that there is a “real risk” NHS staff won’t be able to get to work due to the fuel crisis.
The BMA is urging the government that “healthcare and essential workers must be given priority” to access fuel at forecourts without having to queue.
Thousands of drivers have been queuing all weekend to access petrol which has led many petrol stations being forced to close as they have run dry of fuel.
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair gave a dire warning that the NHS could end up in a situation where medics are unable to “provide vital services and care to people who urgently need it.”
He added, “Everyone will have their own reasons for needing to fill up, but as pumps run dry there is a real risk that NHS staff won’t be able to do their jobs, and provide vital services and care to people who urgently need it.
“While the government has said it is putting plans in place to alleviate the shortage of HGV drivers to transport fuel, the results of this won’t be immediate.
“Healthcare and essential workers must therefore be given priority access to fuel so they can continue their crucial work and guarantee care to patients.”
Simon Williams of the RAC said, “We urge drivers to only take the fuel they really need. Stock piling in containers only makes the situation worse for those who desperately need fuel as well as potentially causing unnecessary fire risks if not stored correctly.
“It’s also vitally important the emergency services and businesses that help to keep the UK moving can get access to fuel.
“We have also seen an increase in our patrols attending drivers who have run out of fuel over the weekend.”