Glastonbury festival founder Michael Eavis has said he will offer up to 500 free tickets to next year’s event to trainee NHS nurses in the local area.
In a bid to attract more people to the profession, Eavis has committed to offering men and women in the Mendip area free tickets to the event in 2019.
Speaking at Shepton Mallet’s summer fete in July, he said he made the decision following conversations with the local NHS trust chairman, after he complained there were no NHS trainees left in the local area.
The tickets will be available to those students who have enrolled on a nursing course in the Mendip area in 2018.
Speaking at the fete, Eavis thanked the hundreds of doctors and nurses for their “timeless work” in taking care of the local community for generations.
The Somerset NHS Foundation Trust temporarily closed inpatient beds at Shepton Mallet, Chard and Dene Barton hospitals due to the lack of registered nurses in the area.
Hayley Peters, the senior nurse for the Somerset Partnership NHS foundation Trust said in February 2018: “There are no more nurses in Somerset.” Citing the county was facing a serious recruitment crisis.
The beds were due to reopen in July 2018. We’ve reached out to the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for a comment.
A full weekend ticket for the 2017 event of Glastonbury were priced at £238, with no festival taking place in 2018 to let the ground recover.
The festival will take place between 26 – 30 June 2019.