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Fairness and Security in Old Age

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:44 pm on 10th September 2003.

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Photo of Anne Begg Anne Begg Labour, Aberdeen South 12:44 pm, 10th September 2003

I have been listening carefully to the hon. Gentleman, and accept what he is saying about the tragedy of those two cases. However, care homes close for various reasons—not just because of lack of funds, but often because they do not come up to the new care standards. I would expect the hon. Gentleman from his political perspective to accept that that is quite right. However, what is the solution to the difficulties caused by the closure of care homes that simply do not come up to the standards that we expect in a modern care service?