A mutual feeling as pair devise cash plan

A PARTNERSHIP has been announced between two Yorkshire-based mutual organisations.

The York-based Benenden Healthcare Society and Harrogate-based Engage Mutual are working together to develop a health cash plan product for Benenden Healthcare members.

Marc Bell, marketing and business strategy director at Benenden Healthcare, said: "We welcome a partnership with Engage Mutual enabling us to offer an improved cash plan product and deliver a better service to our members.

"Mutual organisations have a major role to play in the provision of public services. This link between our two organisations will be of great benefit to the network of mutuals."

Andrew Haigh, the chief executive at Engage Mutual, said: "Now, more than ever, people want to do business with organisations that understand their issues and put the customer first, which is what being a mutual is all about."

The Benenden Health Cash Plan is for members of the Benenden Healthcare Society aged 17-65 years and provides cash back for a range of healthcare treatments including optical expenses, dental treatments, some complementary therapies, grants for the birth or adoption of a child and grants for overnight stays in hospital.

It also provides worldwide personal accident cover.

Engage Mutual will become the provider of the Benenden Health Cash Plan, which is marketed by the Friendly Healthcare Organisation, a subsidiary of The Benenden Healthcare Society.

The Benenden Health Cash Plan covers more than 30,000 people and is expected to grow further in 2011.

Benenden Healthcare Society was founded 106 years ago to provide treatment for postal workers who were suffering from tuberculosis.