Barbara has expressed her strong concerns about the announcement that the care home operator Southern Cross is to shut down. All of its homes are being taken over by their landlords.
The announcement comes after many weeks of uncertainty regarding the future of Southern Cross which sold its homes on to landlords and then leased them back, a business model which has now been shown to be too risky for care homes.
"I have been concerned for the last four months about the future for residents and staff in our local Southern Cross homes. I have been raising this with Salford Council's Director of Adult Social Services since March and I know that planning has been done in case something like this happened. I have also raised my concerns again as this announcement of the shut-down of Southern Cross is what the families involved must have feared might happen.
"Salford Council’s preferred option would be to ensure that all Salford residents stay in the homes where they currently are. This plan would involve working with the various landlords of the seven homes in Salford and commissioning other organisations to deliver the care in place of Southern Cross.
"Government Ministers should act now to provide reassurance for care home residents and their families and to guarantee continuity of care.What has happened to Southern Cross shows that organisations running care homes should not be looking at short-term profit but at providing good care."