Age UK statement on Southern Cross
Published on 11 July 2011 03:30 PM
Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director at Age UK, said: 'This has been a really worrying few months for Southern Cross residents and their families, with these latest developments only adding to their concern.
'We would urge everyone involved in the potential transfer of the Southern Cross homes to put the needs of the residents first, remembering that those living in the homes are very vulnerable and frail.
'The current situation only serves to highlight the need for Monitor, the new regulator for health and social care, to be given greater powers including responsibility for ensuring the financial viability of care homes. Companies that are not able to show that they have a sustainable business model should not be allowed to run care homes.
'Any older person or those caring for them who would like to know their legal rights with respect to care homes can call the Age UK freephone advice line on 0800 169 6565."
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