PM holds crisis Cobra meetings amid fears over winter stresses that may overwhelm UK

PM holds crisis Cobra meetings amid fears over winter stresses that may overwhelm UK

The Prime Minister has had a tough first month in office as his Cabinet faces potential disasters on all fronts.

Rishi Sunak has reportedly held a series of Cobra meetings with ministers and officials over how to deal with a mounting number of potential crises.

The Government fears that issues such as energy shortages, NHS and other public sector strikes, the war in Ukraine and possible floods could all hit the UK at the same time and leave the country extra vulnerable.

‘Stress test’ preparations have also been carried out in order to test responses to any potential disasters.

Some planning sessions have been held in the Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms, also known as Cobra meetings, which have become associated with the response to terror attacks and other national crises.

Cobra meetings initially got their name due to them being held in Cabinet Office Briefing Room A.

On Tuesday morning the Cabinet was briefed on contingency plans for the possibly difficult winter months, reported The Telegraph.

Mr Sunak has acknowledged that there are “challenging” times ahead, as Health Secretary Steve Barclay reported that the NHS waiting lists have left over 400,000 people waiting more than 52 weeks for an operation.

One line of the official summary read: “Looking ahead to winter, the Prime Minister said this would be a challenging period for the country caused by the aftershocks of the global pandemic and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.”

Alongside the NHS waiting lists, a number of hospital staff including nurses, paramedics, cleaners and porters are said to be planning industrial action around Christmas.

Other public sector strikes from the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers union (RMT) have been announced across December and January, after a year in which union leaders have been at loggerheads with the Government over working conditions and pay.

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