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Health workers need to be prioritised during the current fuel crisis or patient care will be “compromised”, the government has been warned, amid reports of medical staff being unable to drive into work as pumps run dry across the country.
Die British Medical Association (BMA) said “there is a real risk that NHS staff won’t be able to do their jobs”, while the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said healthcare services that are “already struggling” with staffing shortages “cannot afford to lose any more staff because they’re unable to travel”.
It comes after ministers announced on Monday that up to 150 military tanker drivers had been put on standby, ready to deliver fuel to petrol stations struggling to keep up with increased demand due to panic buying.
Intussen, petrol and diesel prices in the Verenigde Koninkryk have reached an eight-year high amid the supply crisis, in what Simon Williams, an RAC fuel spokesman, described as a “bleak picture for drivers”.
The average price of a litre of petrol across the UK rose from 135.87p on Friday to 136.59p on Sunday, according to figures from the RAC – the highest that pump prices have been since September 2013.
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Kyk: Army drivers put on standby to deliver petrol
Army tanker drivers have been put on standby to deliver fuel to petrol stations, the government has announced.
Military drivers will get specialised training in preparation for their deployment while certain HGV licences will be extended to help tackle the supply issue.
The decision comes after drivers made a dash for the pumps amid fears a shortage of drivers would hit supplies.
Army tanker drivers have been put on standby to deliver fuel to petrol stations, the government has announced.Recent days have seen panic buying at garages across the nation, with long queues of vehicles forming as pumps run dry. In response to the crisis, military drivers will get specialised training in preparation for their deployment while certain HGV licences will be extended to help tackle the supply issue.The decision comes after drivers made a dash for the pumps amid fears a shortage of drivers would hit supplies.
Twitter asks if a Clap for Fuel campaign is on the cards
British social media users have taken to Twitter to suggest those effected by the petrol shortages come together and Clap for Fuel.
The original Clap for Carers campaign became a weekly occurrence during the UK’s first national lockdown, though a huge number of people argued the symbolic gesture was meaningless and did not help health workers in any way.
Millions of people, including the PM, celebrities and members of the royal family, spent their Thursday evenings thanking NHS staff and other key workers.
Nou, a number of people appear to be mocking the government for its delayed intervention of the fuel crisis by suggesting we come together and clap once again – but for workers in the fuel industry this time.
It comes as staff at filling stations, as well as HGV drivers, have described the last few days as “bonkers” and “absolutely insane” – met sommige vertel Die Onafhanklike they’ve been forced to close forecourts when customers became aggressive and threatened violence against workers.
PM berated for ‘dodging the public’ amid shortages
Left-wing commentator Kevin Maguire, who is the Daily Mirror’s associate editor, has questioned why Boris Johnson remains silent on the fuel crisis.
UK fuel crisis ‘direct consequence’ of Brexit, says Barnier
Some input from Europe now, where the union’s former chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said Britain’s mounting fuel crisis is a “direct consequence” of Brexit.
Mr Barnier, who is running for the French presidency, said the drastic shortage of lorry drivers and ongoing supply chain problems were down to the UK’s decision to quit the EU, berigte Adam Forrest.
“Part of the answer is linked, effectively, to the consequences of the Brexit because the UK chose to end the freedom of movement [of people]," hy het gesê. “And there is a clear link to the truck drivers.”
Explaining the consequences of Britain leaving the single market, and having to rebuild non-tariff barriers between the EU and the UK as a result, Mr Barnier added the ongoing issues were “a direct and mechanical consequence of Brexit”.
‘Clear link’ between UK’s exit from EU and shortage of truck drivers, says former negotiator
Panic buying remains across the country, says fuel chief
An industry boss has said the situation in Britain “disappointingly” remains much the same as it has over the past few days, with customers continuing to panic buy fuel supplies.
Brian Maddison, chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), said due to the “number of outages at filling stations” panic buyers weren’t able to fill up as much as they had been – but were “still continuing to try and do so where possible”.
Explaining why there had been no change in people’s behaviour, Mr Maddison blamed social media. “As soon as a tanker arrives at a filling station, people on social media are advising that a tanker has arrived and then it’s like the Easter honey pot,'Het hy aan BBC Radio 4's gesê Vandag program.
“Everyone flops there and then within a few hours, it’s out of stock again.”
Challenged by presenter Nick Robinson, who suggested customers may feel “it is not panic buying” when there is a “legitimate” reason to stock up, Mr Maddison said this was not correct.
“The average fill up is £25 across Britain, but customers are now going beyond the £100 mark – that is panic buying," hy het gesê.
Mr Madderson also said that PRA members were not putting a £30 cap on customers filling up at their stations, unlike some retailers.
Here’s more detail on soaring pump prices from Eleanor Sly:
One service station charging 153.9p per litre for unleaded
Pump prices soar to eight-year high amid fuel supply crisis
Nie verrassend nie, increased and continued demand for fuel has sparked prices to skyrocket in the Verenigde Koninkryk, where petrol costs are at an eight-year high.
The average price of a litre of petrol across the UK rose from 135.87p on Friday to 136.59p on Sunday, according to figures from the RAC. This is the highest that pump prices have been since September 2013. Intussen, the price of wholesale petrol has also risen from 123.25p on Monday September 20 to 125.22p just four days later, with the RAC warning that this could cause pump prices to rise further.
One service station in Wetherby, near Leeds, was charging 153.9p for unleaded on Monday.
Simon Williams, an RAC fuel spokesman, gesê: “With the cost of oil rising and now near a three-year high, wholesale prices are being forced up which means retailers are paying more than they were just a few days ago for the same amount of fuel.
“This has led to the price of a litre of unleaded already going up by a penny since Friday.”
He went on to say that prices could increase in the next few days, “irrespective of the current supply problems”, before adding: “We are also aware of a small number of retailers taking advantage of the current delivery situation by hiking prices.”
Ministers order deployment of troops to deliver fuel within days
Government ministers have ordered the deployment of soldiers to distribute petrol and diesel within days, in a dramatic escalation of the national fuel crisis.
At an emergency meeting in Whitehall on Monday, ministers agreed to put military tanker drivers in a state of readiness to take the wheel of civilian tankers if normal conditions do not return swiftly.
Defence sources said that 75 drivers have been put on standby initially, met 'n verdere 75 along with 150 support staff available if needed, with several days of specialised training required before deployment, reports our political editor Andrew Woodcock.
Industry leaders issue plea for calm, amid reports of abuse towards pump staff
BMA demands ‘urgent action from government’
Following my last post, our politics reporter Adam Forrest skryf:
British Medical Association (BMA)’s deputy chair Dr David Wrigley this morning called for “urgent action” from the government to give NHS and care workers priority at petrol forecourts.
“We have no information at all about how to get around this problem, if our fuel is running low and we have patients to see,”Het hy aan Sky News gesê.
“We need urgent action today from the government,” said Dr Wrigley – suggesting that a plan could designate a local petrol in each area become a site for key workers. “We cannot continue like this.”
Health bosses: Patient care ‘compromised’ if medical staff not given fuel first
Doctors, verpleegsters, ambulance drivers, GPs, and just about any other medical profession you can think of, are at risk of missing work due to the petrol crisis, ministers have been warned, unless they are given preferential treatment when it comes to supplies.
Campaign group EveryDoctor said that at least one NHS organisation held an emergency meeting after staff were unable to make it into work.
A hospital consultant in Bedfordshire told the organisation, which represents 1,700 dokters: “We had an emergency discussion this morning. Two consultants in our department are out and can’t get to work. Two others on reserve. All four petrol stations within four miles of our hospital are closed with no fuel.”
Intussen, the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) said it supported calls for healthcare workers to be prioritised for access to fuel to ensure they can get to work safely and on time.
Our science correspondent Samuel Lovett berigte:
Reports have emerged of doctors and medical staff being unable to drive into work due to a lack of fuel