Uber Offering Free Journeys And Meals To NHS Staff
Uber is offering free rides and meals to NHS staff as a 'thank you' to frontline workers during the coronavirus outbreak.
The company has said its giving away 200,000 free Uber trips up to the value of £15 and 100,000 Uber Eats deliveries worth a tenner, starting today.
Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said: "The incredible nurses, doctors and support staff of the NHS are doing heroic work at the forefront of this crisis, and everyone at Uber thanks them for their extraordinary efforts.
"We hope we can help in a small way with meals and transportation as they work tirelessly day and night."
To claim the offer, customers need to sign up to Uber with an NHS email address.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who announced he had covid-19 on Friday, praised the company for the offer, saying: "Everyone has a role to play in our national effort to help the NHS tackle coronavirus, so it's great to see Uber playing their part by offering meals and trips to work for our brilliant NHS staff."
Uber has also offered all of its London-based JUMP electric bikes to NHS workers for free.
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Dinika Mahtani, general manager of JUMP, said NHS workers 'need everyone across the UK to get behind them' during the crisis.
Last week, the Government announced it would be scrapping hospital parking charges for on-duty staff. hospital parking charges for on-duty staff.
The decision was made after mounting pressure from the public to provide free parking for NHS staff who are working around the clock to cope with the pandemic.
A petition launched online, titled 'Please thank your NHS workforce. Stop charging them to use their staff car park', raised more than 400,000 signatures in less than four days.
Announcing the new rules, Hancock said: "Our NHS is facing an unprecedented challenge, and I will do everything I can to ensure our dedicated staff have whatever they need during this unprecedented time.
"So we will provide free car parking for our NHS staff who are going above and beyond every day in hospitals across England.
"My enormous gratitude goes out to the many NHS Trusts and other organisations already providing free car parking and I urge other Trusts to do the same with our backing."
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