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Should NHS staff go ahead in queues?

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Supermummy4 Fri 19-Jun-20 17:35:14

I have only done a few times, and got some evil looks from the others queuing. I was knackered and needed some essentials and needed to pick my children up from school as I have hardly seen them so thought 'just this once, again'-might not do it again!
It sort of felt like all the clapping in the world and rainbows doesn't mean much in the real world, but I might be a bit more careful about waving my lanyard around in the future (and yes, i'm core ward NHS staff working on covid wards fwiw).
Any thoughts from others very welcome.

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FluffyKittensinabasket Fri 19-Jun-20 17:36:30

I certainly wouldn’t resent you for jumping ahead of me OP.

TheQueef Fri 19-Jun-20 17:38:18

I wouldn't mind.

borntohula Fri 19-Jun-20 17:38:50

Just before my place of work closed, I was chatting to a lovely customer who worked for the NHS who seemed stressed as fuck because she'd gone to buy loo roll in the only time she really had and there was none left. I know your question is about queues but from my point of view, I'm furloughed, I have way more time on my hands to wait than someone who is busy.

Sometimeswinning Fri 19-Jun-20 17:40:23

After all the panic buyers clearing the shelves, the amount of family time lost through work I really wouldn't worry about a few evil stares. People forget that not long ago they were celebrating the nhs and trying to protect it.

Supermummy4 Fri 19-Jun-20 17:40:32

@FluffyKittensinabasket @thequeef

As in, I understand people wait ages (I have too) to get into shape but it's not like I abuse it to go in for makeup or something, when I actually use it I'm getting food or fruit for my kids. Don't use it everytime either if I can wait.

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namesnames Fri 19-Jun-20 17:41:18

Different jobs have different perks.

You will never please everybody.

Shinebright72 Fri 19-Jun-20 17:41:20

No. I’m NHS and there’s no excuse. I say this as a single parent working nights. Que like the bloody rest maybe someone has been in the line 20mins before you with a baby they need to get back home to or poorly children. We all have a busy schedule this does not entitle a to push in the que FFS.

Shop online or something there’s no need. I’d be mortified to push in. Shops are quiet now when it’s early just before 8am (Tesco)

edwinbear Fri 19-Jun-20 17:42:11

Have you still got queues? I've not queued to get into Sainsbury's for a couple of weeks now. Honestly though, I wouldn't have minded at all when we were in the thick of it, but now we start to be getting back to a degree of normality, I might raise an eyebrow.

Supermummy4 Fri 19-Jun-20 17:42:25


I don't use it all the time, when I'm doing my weekly shop I do queue.

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Supermummy4 Fri 19-Jun-20 17:43:14


Yes, we've still got queues round here.

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Shinebright72 Fri 19-Jun-20 17:44:51



I don't use it all the time, when I'm doing my weekly shop I do queue.

Sorry I just re read your thread. Yes I know. I didn’t mean to be so blunt. I can understand how people will frown. I just think someone’s mother could of died and they may need milk or something I just don’t think it’s right.

Chubbykneesstubbytoes Fri 19-Jun-20 17:46:24

I've only once skipped the queue, had to take my son shopping. He has learning disabilities and really wasn't coping in the queue. I was shattered from long day shifts and really felt like it was in everyone's best interests to get us in and out as quickly as possible. I felt so embarrassed. I was also really embarrassed about the amount of free stuff being handed out, there are so many people going without at the moment, it could have been put to much better use.

Supermummy4 Fri 19-Jun-20 17:47:13


Sorry, I read your post in a blunt way, sorry.

I completely understand and that's your opinion.

I have only used it on the way to or from work.

Sorry If I came across as rude.

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FluffyKittensinabasket Fri 19-Jun-20 17:47:34

I have a Blue Light Card. I’ve read on Mumsnet that some people resent card holders getting discounts. Can’t please everybody!

Supermummy4 Fri 19-Jun-20 17:48:39


I've only used it a few times but have felt embarrassed too. I only use it when I'm shattered too. When I can queue I do.

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forrandomposts Fri 19-Jun-20 17:49:36

I'm furloughed, I have way more time on my hands to wait than someone who is busy.

The queue isn't furloughed people or nhs workers though.

Plenty in the queue you're pushing in front of will be key workers or other workers still doing big hours, still with kids to feed and who are tired.

I understood it when there was a shortage and it was some shift workers only chance to go, but now it's just wrong

1FootInTheRave Fri 19-Jun-20 17:50:15

I have never used my nhs id to go straight in.

I work 13 hour days so only ever go to the shop on a day off anyway.

Supermummy4 Fri 19-Jun-20 17:51:17


I only use it if I'm on the way or from work.
I do queue if I'm not on the way to or from work.

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Haenow Fri 19-Jun-20 17:53:12

I don’t begrudge you at all. That said, I’d rather care workers were prioritised over NHS workers. They may be on a very tight turnaround. They don’t get much time for care calls and they may only have this one person to get them food.

Supermummy4 Fri 19-Jun-20 17:54:33


Care workers should get priority too.

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rwalker Fri 19-Jun-20 17:55:26

No sorry and ready to be flamed but there are plenty of people in very demanding difficult jobs and very long hours with life and death responsiblity .

richele4 Fri 19-Jun-20 17:56:16

Queues are a lot shorter round here now than they were a couple of weeks/months ago. Everyone has their own circumstances whether they work for NHS or not so I'd never skip the queue

richele4 Fri 19-Jun-20 17:56:57

@rwalker agreed

Lifeisforliving123 Fri 19-Jun-20 17:58:14

What area do u live in as around here the Covid wards are barely full.?

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