Up to £2.00 for a litre of fuel has been reported in some parts of the UK.
Nursing staff risk being forced off the road by soaring fuel prices unless the Chancellor takes urgent action in his Spring Statement next week.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is now calling for an urgent review of NHS mileage rates in the wake of the fuel crisis and for NHS employers across the UK to provide an immediate additional payment.
It comes as the price for a litre of fuel has reached record levels, with £2.00 per litre being reported in some parts of the UK.
Driving hundreds of miles a week to see patients in their homes, some community nursing staff have reported the cost of filling up has risen recently by as much as £100 a month.
NHS staff are only permitted to claim 56p per mile for the first 3,500 miles and 20p for each additional mile – well short of the current cost.
Urgent help is needed.
The RCN is now calling upon Rishi Sunak to unveil a plan to ensure community nurses and other healthcare professionals can afford to stay on the road.
RCN General Secretary & Chief Executive Pat Cullen said: “The Chancellor needs to urgently help nursing staff hit by the eye-watering fuel prices in his Spring Statement.
“The situation is becoming unsustainable – what will happen if nursing staff can’t afford to fill up their cars? It is patients who will ultimately suffer.
“With many nursing staff already considering leaving the profession, this extra cost and pressure won’t do anything to encourage people to stay.”
The union also calls for a 5% above inflation pay rise for all NHS workers in England.
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