Age UK Statement on Southern Cross
Published on 08 June 2011 05:00 PM
Andrew Harrop, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Age UK, said:
'Age UK understands the concerns and worries that Southern Cross residents and their families are experiencing. Many examples of poor quality residential care can be put down to insufficient staffing levels. The Care Quality Commission should take urgent action to scrutinise the quality of care in Southern Cross Homes.
'The current Health and Social Care Bill creates a new role for Monitor, the economic regulator for health and social care. Age UK is calling for the Bill to extend Monitor's powers to include responsibility for ensuring that care homes are financially viable and reduce consequent threats to the safety and wellbeing of residents.
'Any older person or family members who would like to know their legal rights with respect to care homes can call the Age UK free phone helpline on 0800 169 6565.'
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