If you work in the NHS and you are thinking about travelling to Ibiza next year, then you are in luck as the Regional Government have announced that NHS workers will be given free holidays to the popular area.
The gesture is in response to the truly remarkable work of the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ibizan government have agreed to join an initiative launched in March this year, called ‘Together for Healthcare Heroes’.
The initiative aims to ensure that healthcare staff can access free accommodation when they finally get a chance to enjoy a well-earned break.
Juan Miguel Costa, tourism councillor for Ibiza, told local paper Diario de Ibiza that the scheme aims to:
‘compensate those who have looked after us, risking their lives in many cases, and who deserve that we all do our share to make sure they have holidays that meet high expectations’.
The offer of free accommodation will only be available outside of the peak season, meaning that those eligible will be able to make the most of the offer in October, May and April 2021.
Privately owned accommodation, as well as popular hotels in the area, have already joined the scheme including the Atzaro, OD Hoteles, Concept Hotel Group and Aguas de Ibiza hotel chains.
According to the Together for Healthcare Heroes website, the team is on a mission to find ‘at least 1,000 best in class accommodation providers in Europe’ to provide free accommodation for healthcare staff, so that they can enjoy a much-needed break next summer at a minimal cost’.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the organisation said:
“It all started with a simple idea early in March.
“How can we say thank you to those fighting for the lives of our families, friends and communities?
“How can we say thank you to those putting their own lives at risk for us? Together we are driving change by celebrating and rewarding those who put our community, family and friends first during the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Unprecedented times highlight exceptional people. We thank those who we have trusted with our lives, by gifting them our homes and hotels in Ibiza and across Europe.”
Elsewhere, there has been mention that the free parking scheme currently being offered to NHS workers will come to an end soon.
Sky News reported that health minister Edward Argar has suggested that a review needs to take place to establish how much longer the free parking ‘needs’ to go on.
Mr Argar is quoted as saying:
“The provision of free parking for NHS staff by NHS Trusts has not ended and nothing has changed since the announcement on 25 March,” he wrote in response to a question in parliament.
“However, free parking for staff has only been made possible by support from local authorities and independent providers and this support cannot continue indefinitely.”
Many NHS staff are still working extra hours and shifts to treat COVID-19 patients.
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