Dr David Wrigley, deputy chair of the BMA council, said workers could not afford to spend hours queueing.
Reiterating calls for the Government to prioritise key workers, he said: “Many of my health and social care colleagues will be getting into the car, nervously looking at the fuel dial.
“We can’t be waiting two or three hours in a queue for fuel when we have patients to see. So we’re calling on the Government to act today, to put a plan in place and let us know what’s happening.”
Dr Wrigley suggested that certain petrol stations could be designated for healthcare staff only, adding: “It’s a critical situation.”
However, a headteachers’ union said prioritising could cause more chaos.
Paul Whiteman, general secretary of NAHT, warned: “It would be impossible to enforce.”