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Care Homes: Southern Cross

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th July 2011.

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Photo of Lord Myners Lord Myners Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 20 June (WA 230), what are the responsibilities of landlords and banks to residents of Southern Cross care homes; how this has been communicated to landlords and banks; and whether they accepted their responsibilities.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

In various meetings, the department has made clear to the landlords and banks that their primary responsibility must be to ensure the safety and well-being of the residents of care homes that might be affected. The department is being very clear with all parties that we expect them to maintain service continuity and quality of care for residents whilst the restructuring process is ongoing.

Discussions continue between Southern Cross and its landlords and lenders. All parties have given a clear commitment to focus on continuity and quality of care of residents, as set out in their announcement of 15 June. We welcome the fact that Southern Cross, landlords and lenders are working hard to come up with an agreed plan to stabilise the ownership and operation of the company's care homes.

The Government will continue to make it clear that all parties should work to reach a consensual solution.

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