Doctors, nurses and other medical staff need to be given priority access at gas stations to avoid long queues and keep working, key doctors say.
Professor Dame Claire Gelada, a former president of the Royal College of GP, also said he was worried that the delivery of flu vaccines and medicines could be involved in the problem of driver shortages.
The shortage of HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicles) drivers caused fuel supply problems, gas station closures and pump distribution.
As a result, some drivers panic and have long lines outside the gas station, rushing to fill the car. The government, which denies Brexit liability for the shortage, plans to provide temporary visas to 5,000 foreign truck drivers by the end of the year.
Concerns have been raised about the impact of queues on people working in health care and essential services that have already gone too far due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dame Claire, a general practitioner based in southern London, Me Staff who rely on cars outside the city, in rural areas, and at night shifts are most likely to be affected. “We have certainly experienced gas shortages many times in my professional life before, which always affects medical staff, district nurses and doctors. [and] Ambulance crew.
“We need priorities to allow people providing important services to fill their cars,” said Dame Clare, but are colleagues across the country affected? It was too early to judge.
“If it lasts forever, we need to make sure that essential services are prioritized.”
But Dame Claire didn’t blame the public for panic-buying petrol, saying it was “human behavior.”
“I don’t think it’s telling people” don’t do it “… the more you tell them not to do it, the more they will do it. All you have to do is plan it, organize it and make sure you have different queues for different people. And you limit the amount that people can fill their car. “
With a shortage of more than 100,000 HGV drivers in the UK, the Road Haulage Association has previously warned that critical supply chains are not functioning. The shortage is due to social factors such as the Covid-19 pandemic that prevents people from training as drivers, Brexit restrictions on immigrants, and severance and poor wages and conditions.
Dame Clare said the last thing medical staff needed to do was ensure that flu vaccines and basic supplies were delayed due to a shortage of drivers.
“This is part of the problem with Brexit, and that’s what everyone is always saying. Until we introduce Brexit, we don’t know the impact of Brexit because we couldn’t do all of this. Prediction. And this is one of them.
“I’m worried, and I’m also worried about the other effects of Brexit.”
London Emergency Services has sought to alleviate concerns that emergency services will be affected by fuel problems, a spokesman said.