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Campaign group says some medics can’t get to work as fuel supply issue continues in Harrow

Campaign group EveryDoctor said that some medics have reported being unable to get to work because they have not got enough fuel.

The news comes after an exhausted paramedic working in Harrow contacted Harrow Online pleading with residents to not block traffic so that ambulances can safely reach their destinations.

Dr Julia Grace Patterson, chief executive of EveryDoctor which has 1,700 members, said: “Doctors and other healthcare workers cannot care for patients if they cannot get to work.

“I am hearing from many today who have spent the weekend unsuccessfully trying to find petrol.

“Our health secretary Sajid Javid has been critical of telephone consultations recently – he clearly believes face-to-face appointments are necessary.

“We therefore need to know urgently what the Government’s plan is to ensure that all NHS staff can reach their workplaces safely during this fuel crisis.

“Doctors are desperately concerned about patients and the Government must take responsibility and find a solution.”

The Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng,  has met with senior executives from the fuel industry following recent supply chain issues at petrol forecourts in some areas of the UK including Harrow.

Last night (26 September) it was agreed that a measure to temporarily exempt industry from the Competition Act 1998 for the purpose of sharing information and optimising supply would be implemented.

Known as The Downstream Oil Protocol, this step will allow Government to work constructively with fuel producers, suppliers, hauliers and retailers to ensure that disruption is minimised as far as possible.

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Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, said: “We have  long-standing  contingency plans in place to work with industry so that fuel supplies can be maintained and deliveries can still be made in the event of a serious disruption.

“While there has always been and continues to be plenty of fuel at refineries and terminals, we are aware that there have been some issues with supply chains.

“This is why we will enact the Downstream Oil Protocol to ensure industry can share vital information and work together more effectively to ensure disruption is minimised.

“We thank HGV drivers and all forecourt staff for their tireless work during this period.”