Comet launches company-paid healthcare cash plan

Comet has launched a company-paid healthcare cash plan to aid staff health and wellbeing.

The retailer, which employs 9,500 people in the UK and already offers private medical insurance (PMI) to its managers, implemented the cash plan for its 7,500 other employees, including its sales teams, drivers, contact centre staff and administrators.

The cash plan, provided by Health Shield, was introduced this month. Lucy Thrussel, reward manager, said: “Now all staff have got access to healthcare. It means they can get fast treatment to help them back to health and also back to work. If staff have an injury that could benefit from physiotherapy, it can be expensive.”

Comet is funding the full cost of the plan, but staff can top up the firm’s premiums to improve their level of cover or include partners.