A Community Nursing Leader has Written to Sajid Javid over Fuel Concerns

If you work in a nurse agency or if you are concerned about the rising cost of fuel when trying to attend your nursing recruitment agency interviews, then you are not alone. Those who work in carers jobs and those who work in care jobs are now worried that they cannot get to work. In a letter, the QNI’s executive has outlined some concerns that they deem to be serious, regarding the cost of rising fuel and the impact that this is having on nurses. At the end of the day, if the demand to deliver more care to those who need it cannot be met because nurses cannot afford fuel then this will have a knock-on effect.

In the letter, Dr Oldman has said that QNI have recently talked about the issue, and they have also gone as far as to launch a program to help those who may be experiencing financial difficulty. They want to make sure that people are able to get the fuel that they need for work, and they know that the cost-of-living situation is getting gradually worse. There have been well over 1,000 applications for the grant, and this has been done in 48 hours. The QNI have chosen to close the scheme and now it would seem that the available funds and the general capacity to try and deal with the applications has since been exceeded. Dr. Oldman has given a warning, saying that currently, the fuel situation is a deterrent when it comes to nurses taking up roles within the community. She went on to add that right now, a lot of people are under pressure and there are other gaps that need to be filled, given the growing demand for services.

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