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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 process will be followed to ensure that landlords who purchase former Southern Cross care homes are (a) fit to operate the homes and (b) financially viable.

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

Landlords already own the homes, as I outlined to the House on 12 July 2011, Hansard, columns 163-64.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has processes in place to extend registration to include additional care homes, where the provider is already registered subject to meeting the registration requirements.

New providers will have to apply for registration and be subject to the requirements of the Health and Social Care Act 2008, including assurance of financial viability under paragraph 13 of the CQC (Registration) Regulation 2009.

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