The sharp increase in the cost of living in the UK has stretched to national medical services and is causing more British families to fall into the ‘vulnerable’ category, The Independent reports, citing clinicians across the country.
Last month, the rate of inflation in the UK rose to 7% – the highest rate in 30 years – triggered by spiking fuel costs and set against the backdrop of the Ukraine-related sanctions on Russia. The Bank of England has warned inflation could reach 10% within months.
Earlier this week, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) warned that some 1.5 million British households will struggle to pay food and energy bills over the next year due to the cost-of-living squeeze.
The latest crisis is expected to put additional pressure on the health service that has already felt the impact of surging prices, particularly during the winter.