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Southern Cross

Health written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Tom Blenkinsop Tom Blenkinsop Labour, Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to providing additional resources to the Care Quality Commission to take steps to ensure standards are met in care homes previously owned by Southern Cross.

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has considered the provision of additional funding to the Care Quality Commission in respect of the registration of new operators of Southern Cross care homes.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

I refer the hon. Members to the written ministerial statement I gave on 19 July 2011, Hansard, columns 105-06WS.

Each year, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) agrees its business plan and financial allocation with the Department. Its financial position is then kept under constant review during the financial year. If the CQC requires additional resources, it will supply a business case which the Department will consider.

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