The AA has launched a free breakdown service for NHS workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
From today (2 April), anyone with an NHS ID becomes eligible for free recovery when travelling to and from work – as well as if they break down at home – regardless of whether they are an AA member or not.
A dedicated NHS hotline has been set up on 0800 0725064.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps has described the initiative as ‘a fantastic example of how organisations are pulling together’ during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Shapps said: “As we look to do everything possible to combat coronavirus, it’s crucial that we put provisions in place so our NHS workers can focus on giving life-saving treatment in hospitals.
“Offering free breakdown service support will keep health workers moving and is a fantastic example of how organisations are pulling together during this crisis.”
Simon Breakwell, AA chief executive officer, said: “We all recognise that everyone across the NHS is doing an absolutely vital job and we want to help them.
“The last thing they need to worry about right now is a breakdown, so we’re pleased to be able to help them with free recovery to and from work for as long as the current crisis continues.
“The idea came from numerous suggestions from our people indicating that the NHS are there for us, so we want to be there for them.
“This applies to everyone in the NHS from cleaners, porters, nurses to surgeons, as they are all crucial. Like the entire nation, everyone at the AA is incredibly proud of the work and dedication of the NHS. We salute them and hope this assistance will help them.”