Insurance provider The Retail Mutual has introduced two health cover plans for independent retailers.

The Health Cash Plan offered by the company, which is owned by the NFRN, allows members to claim money back from dental treatments, eye tests and GP consultations. Retailers can also receive cover for hospital stays.  

The other plan, which is called Access Surgery, offers an alternative to private health insurance. Retailers on the plan can access treatments for various conditions and surgical procedures.

Rikul Patel, Mutual manager at The Retail Mutual, said: “These private health plans are a great way to help retailers budget for their everyday health costs and give them extra protection in the event of the unexpected.”

The news follows the introduction of business, home and landlord cover to independent retailers in the past year, and a partnership with mortgage broker London & Country to arrange residential mortgages.

At the NFRN’s annual conference in June, The Retail Mutual reported a 25% rise in membership over the past two years.