Uber has announced it is offering discounted trips to NHS staff during the coronavirus crisis.

Uber Medics will enable all 1.2m NHS staff, as well as everyone working in care homes in England and Wales, to access a 25 percent discount on trips, funded by Uber. The discount is fully funded by Uber, as Uber pays part of the fare on the rider’s behalf.

The new offer is in addition to the 200,000 free rides and over 100,000 meals for NHS staff that Uber announced in March. Over 36,000 NHS staff took an average of 5.5 free trips on the Uber app in the first two weeks of April. JUMP e-bikes continue to be free for NHS staff.

“Healthcare staff and everyone serving in care homes are working tirelessly to protect, treat and care for those affected by coronavirus,” said Jamie Heywood, Regional General Manager for Northern and Eastern Europe, Uber. “We have responded to the request of the Government to provide transportation support for those serving on the frontline. We all have to play our part to help respond to the coronavirus crisis.”

Uber has introduced measures to ensure that every driver can access the PPE they need for free to drive safely with Uber. As well as providing drivers with free sanitising products, Uber is providing drivers with over one million free PPE items, as well as directly reimbursing drivers if they choose to source the required PPE themselves.

Uber Medics was first launched in Spain following a request from the Madrid Health Department to support healthcare workers in the country. Since then, Uber has partnered with governments and healthcare institutions around the world, including in the US, France, and India.

NHS staff members can visit www.uber.com/UberMedics to learn more about Uber Medics and access their discounted trips.