Petrol crisis: Boris urged to use emergency powers to 'designate stations for key workers'

Petrol supply issues have sparked panic among Britons who have begun trying to stock up across the country, with queues outside petrol stations. A small number of petrol stations have been forced to close due to lack of supply, with others introducing restrictions.

While there’s not a shortage of petrol across the country, there is a lack of drivers to distribute fuel.

Now, union Unison has said key workers should not be left stranded or forced to queue for hours for fuel.

The union’s general secretary, Christina McAnea, said: “The Government has to take control. It’s no good ministers wasting time on a pointless blame game or pretending there’s no problem.

“Essential staff must be able to get to their jobs so they can continue to provide the services so many rely upon.

“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 Government could solve this problem now by using emergency powers to designate fuel stations for the sole use of key workers.”

The British Medical Association (BMA) also warned if pumps run dry there could be a “real risk that NHS staff won’t be able to do their jobs”.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of council at the BMA, said: “Emergency and essential workers rely on fuel both to travel to work and for their work itself – whether this is to get to hospitals, practices and other healthcare settings, or for ambulances to reach people in urgent need of care and GPs to visit very ill patients at home.

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“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.”

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