Next week’s rail strikes could result in patient deaths as 100,000 essential NHS workers struggle to get to work, fears have been raised.
Militant union bosses were told last night to pull back from the brink of their war on railway companies for the sake of British lives.
And Labor has been told to stop ‘snuggling up’ with left-wing bosses and roundly condemn the strikes in the national interest.
Fears that people could die during the biggest strikes of a generation were heightened yesterday when The Sun was told by internal estimates that almost 100,000 NHS workers are traveling by train.
Network Rail has warned that almost half of its routes will come to a standstill during the three-day strike – expected to cause chaos for a full week.
A health source said: “We are concerned about the disruption these strikes will cause our staff to come in to see patients.
“It puts patients at risk.”
Downing St also said yesterday it was prepared for serious consequences and urged RMT chiefs to back down.
Tory sources have blasted Wes Streeting, Labor’s shadow health secretary, for saying he would leave even if he were a train worker.
Commerce Secretary Paul Scully said union leaders were only shooting themselves in the foot by risking their members’ jobs in the long term.
He said the more people working from home, the less money there was for railroad companies to pay workers’ wages.
The Tory minister also urged Sadiq Khan to scrap congestion charging in the capital to make it easier for people to drive in.
But his call seemed to fall on deaf ears as the Labor mayor failed to commit to temporarily waiving the £15-a-day fee.
Mr Scully also campaigned for motorists to be allowed to park in Hyde Park and Royal Parks during the strikes.
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