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GORDON HENDERSON MP

FOR SITTINGBOURNE & SHEPPEY

MP welcomes smooth Southern Cross takeover

15th December 2011
MP welcomes smooth Southern Cross takeover

Gordon Henderson MP has welcomed the smooth takeover of Southern Cross care homes following its collapse in July.

Southern Cross was a major provider of care homes across the UK and its collapse earlier this year left residents of its care homes concerned as to their future. One of these homes was Elvy Court in Sittingbourne.

All of the care homes in England formerly run by Southern Cross Healthcare have now transferred to new operators. About a third of the former Southern Cross care homes, including Elvy Court, are to be run by HC-One a new operating company formed by care home landlord NHP and health and social care operator turnaround experts Court Cavendish.

In light of the collapse, the Government is now reviewing the social care market and examining whether appropriate mechanisms are in place to oversee the market and protect those reliant on these vital services. The Government’s findings will form part of a White Paper on the reform of social care to be published in Spring 2012.

Mr Henderson said:

“I would like to congratulate all those involved in this transition for the way in which it has taken place without undue disruption to the 57 residents of Elvy Court.

“In addition, I welcome the Government’s review into the social care market as it is paramount that we do not face a situation like Southern Cross again where the security of vulnerable members of society is put at risk”

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