According to providers, caregivers have been “unable to make their rounds” and have been forced to prioritize patients as they struggle to obtain fuel amid a national shortage.
The government has been urged to ask caregivers to find a way to avoid queues at stations as pumps are running dry.
Beatrice Hamuzuni-Smith, who runs the home care service, said carers were “busy looking for fuel” on the weekends instead of working.
The director of IRC Care Services in Surrey said she was in office until 9 pm on Monday “trying to organize her troops to see if we can still cover the most vulnerable.” are”.
“There has been a serious delay. We’re trying to make priorities so that we can get to the people with the most serious needs in any way we can,” said Ms. Hamuzuni-Smith. Granthshala.
She continued: “I don’t know how long we can go without calling and saying we can’t do this anymore. It’s not sustainable.”
Tina Jones, a care worker at Maidenhead, said the lack of fuel was an “absolute nightmare” for her.
“I visited eleven petrol stations and was unsure at the time that I would actually be able to do my essential work last night to support my clients in the care industry,” she told the BBC Today program.
She said she managed to find £15 worth of jerry cans after her car ran out of fuel.
Shalija Hasham of CHD Care At Home, a home care service, said: “Many of our caregivers are unable to get enough fuel to make their rounds because most petrol stations are limiting them to £30.”
She continued: “Carers can do up to 100 miles per day, so these restrictions mean they have to refuel more often because they can’t fill their tanks.
“We take care of extremely vulnerable individuals, some of whom cannot even get out of bed without support or support, and the situation is proving to be extremely difficult and stressful.
“Being unable to reach customers who depend on us is not an option.”
Ms Hasham called on key workers to prioritize fuel for fuel amid a national shortage, which has led to large queues at pumps and stations.
Dr David Wrigley of the British Medical Association said a plan needed to be put in place to ensure the NHS and care workers get the fuel they need during the crisis.
“I know that many of my health and social care work colleagues will be getting into the car this morning, nervously looking at the fuel dial and wondering if they have enough fuel to do their day-to-day activities. is,” he said.
“We can’t wait two or three hours in a queue for fuel when we have patients to see.”
He suggested that a solution might be to designate fuel stations for critical workers.
Labor has called on the government to give priority to health and care workers at petrol pumps amid fuel shortages.
Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth told BBC Radio 4 world at one: “We are facing a crisis, because if doctors and nurses and midwives and care assistants can’t get to their patients’ beds, people will be left stranded, people will be left out in the worst of circumstances, some people can’t. You can lose your life.”
An education union has also called on teachers to prioritize fuel access amid supply issues or the risk of further disruption to children’s education.
The government on Monday announced that it is keeping troops on standby to operate petrol tankers as filling stations continue to dry up in many parts of the country.
The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has been contacted for comment.
Additional reporting by the Press Association
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