Uber is providing discounted journeys to well being and care staff in Britain from Wednesday, because it extends the scope of a service arrange in Madrid final month to cowl greater than four million frontline staff preventing COVID-19 in over 20 international locations.
The ride-hailing service mentioned it had labored with governments and healthcare establishments around the globe to arrange Uber Medics to offer staff with free and discounted rides to and from hospitals, well being centres and care houses.
Uber mentioned 1.2 million Nationwide Well being Service (NHS) workers and 1.three million social care staff in Britain would obtain a 25 p.c low cost on journeys, funded by Uber, after linking their NHS e-mail tackle to an account, or by their care dwelling registering.
Chief government Dara Khosrowshahi mentioned Uber was proud to play a small half within the unbelievable efforts of healthcare workers to guard and deal with these affected by COVID-19.
“We stand able to work with governments and healthcare suppliers around the globe to assist their efforts to sort out the pandemic,” he mentioned on Monday.
Uber Medics was developed final month in Madrid in response to a request made by the Madrid Well being Division to assist healthcare staff as a necessary service, Uber mentioned.
It has since been rolled out to greater than 20 international locations, together with France, Italy, Germany, and India.
Uber mentioned earlier this month it could present 10 million rides and meals deliveries, freed from cost, to healthcare staff, seniors, and other people in want globally.
In Britain, it’s offering 200,000 free rides and 100,000 free meals for NHS workers.
Uber drivers will have the ability to choose into Uber Medic journeys, the corporate mentioned, providing them a possibility to earn extra cash throughout the lockdown. They are going to retain the entire fare.
Raazma, a London-based Uber driver, mentioned he had already signed as much as the NHS Volunteer Responders.
“It is the least I can do in these difficult instances, as all of us want to tug collectively to assist each other,” he added.
© Thomson Reuters 2020