Hospital staff left ‘anxious’ after passengers fail to avoid tube travel

Hospital staff have been left ‘anxious’ after struggling to avoid crowds on public transport this morning.

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Travellers reported that carriages remained packed despite Boris Johnson issuing a lockdown yesterday.

London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has now issued a further warning saying “more lives will be lost” if employers ignore government advice.

Sadiq Khan has demanded that employers allow their staff to work from home, unless it is “absolutely necessary” for them to travel into work.

Nurse Julia Harris, who commutes to work at Imperial College NHS Trust, said she had left earlier and changed her route in a bid to avoid crowds but still found services busy.

Julia Harris said: “Seats on the train all had at least one person so people needed to stand, and the District line was busy as well.

“I still don’t think things have improved as a large amount of people are commuting early in the morning.

“It is concerning because I have to come to work.

“The choice isn’t there and my commute is quite long.

“I worry for my health more on my commute than actually being in the hospital.”

Nurse Danielle Tiplady posted on Twitter: “Being on the tube is making me feel uneasy.

“It is too busy and there is no space for social distancing.”

“I feel like I am risking my health trying to get to work.”

Nicola Smith, who works at a central London hospital, said she was ‘risking her health’ to commute by tube because it was so busy.

She called for either Mr Khan to reverse his decision to reduce tube timetables or the Prime Minister to “start policing who’s getting on”.

Hospital staff believe if the timetables were revised crowds would automatically reduce.

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