The fuel crisis in the UK, whose origin is the shortage of drivers of heavy vehicles who cannot get gasoline to service stations, is causing increasingly serious problems, such as delaying the treatment of cancer patients. The doctor David Wrigley, Vice President of the British Medical Association, called on the government to urgently draw up a plan to deal with the crisis, noting that health workers cannot spend “two or three hours in a queue to refuel when we have patients to attend to.” In fact, this Wednesday it transpired that due to the shortage, the University College Hospital (UCLH), one of the largest hospitals in the
british capital, rescheduled cancer patient appointments who were scheduled to attend this week. “Due to the national fuel supply (problem), we are reorganizing a small number of non-emergency outpatient appointments over the next few days for patients who must be brought to our hospitals by our transportation provider,” explained a spokesperson for the medical center to the local press, adding that they will continue to “offer virtual appointments whenever possible.” In hospitals in other areas, medical personnel have not been able to go to work because they cannot use their cars.
Samantha Dixon, executive director of the organization Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, told the newspaper ‘The Guardian’ that “the current backlog in cancer services due to Covid is already high and we cannot afford additional delays” and added that “a solution is urgently needed so patients don’t have to deal with the possibility of tests and treatments being put off. In an already difficult year, this is the last thing they need. For Dixon, this situation “creates additional stress for cancer patients and their families at a time” that is already “difficult.” “We cannot leave desperate and vulnerable patients stranded without the care they deserve,” he warned on a BBC radio program the rLabor Party Health Officer Jon Ashworth, The remarks come after a report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPS) published last week warned that it could take more than a decade to eliminate the delay in cancer treatment in England. “The pandemic has severely disrupted cancer services, undoing years of progress in improving cancer survival rates,” he explained. Parth Patel, IPPR researcher and NHS physician (the national health system), and warned that the delay in diagnoses “poses risks to the chances of survival of patients.” The research estimates that 19,500 patients who should have been diagnosed last year were not due to the pandemic.
On Tuesday, the government approved a plan for the military sit behind the wheel of the tanker trucks and help distribute the fuel, but for now the 150 elected soldiers are still waiting to be called, while various organizations, including the Association of taxi drivers, the ambulance drivers and several unions of teachers and nurses, demand the Boris Johnson executive that essential workers, such as restrooms, have exclusive access to certain service stations.