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Hull nurse delayed getting to stroke patients as call for calm backfires with long petrol queues and panic buying
2021-09-24 17:00:00
A Hull nurse was delayed getting to her stroke patients following long queues at petrol station forecourts across Hull and East Yorkshire on Friday as calls for calm backfired. The nurse had a 25-minute wait to fill up her car with petrol for her home visits to treat stroke patients across the city. She posted in the Hull Live Traffic and Travel Facebook group: “25 minute queue to fill up. I wasn't panic buying just genuinely needed petrol so I can do my job. Treating stroke patients in their own home! It's crazy.” For the latest traffic and travel news in your area, click here. Hull Live reporters went out across the city on Friday and found queuing traffic at the Tesco store on Hall Road, Asda in Kingswood, and Sainsbury's in Hessle. A staff member at Sainsbury's in Hessle, said: “It’s been like this all morning, a lot of places have had to close, I think we’re one of the only ones left.” Meanwhile, a Tesco representative at the Hall Road branch said: “It’s crazy and has been like this all morning.” However, in other parts of the city, it was business as usual. Many readers got in touch to say their local forecourt was clear and had been for most of the day. The petrol forecourt at Sainsburys in Hessle on Friday afternoon. (Image: Harry Ingham) BP and Tesco were among the companies to have announced this week that they will be closing some 'low-demand' sites due to a lack of HGV drivers nationally. The driver shortage covers more industries than just fuel and has been blamed in part for some of the empty shelves seen in supermarkets and upcoming difficulties with certain festive items. Suppliers and the government have been quick to point out that there is no shortage of fuel in the refineries and have called on people not to alter their buying habits which could exacerbate the current issues. Unfortunately these calls for calm appear not to have reached many in Hull and the surrounding areas with queuing traffic at some petrol stations on Friday. Get the latest breaking news in Hull and East Yorkshire by signing up for updates here. The shortfall of HGV drivers has been an issue building for some time with estimates at the start of this month suggesting there is a shortage of more than 100,000 drivers in the UK out of a pre-pandemic total of about 600,000. That number of course includes tens of thousands of drivers from EU member states who were living and working in the UK and even before Covid, the estimated shortage was about 60,000

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