Paul Burstow (Minister of State (Care Services), Health; Sutton and Cheam, Liberal Democrat)
I wish to update the House on Southern Cross and the Government’s wider response to the issues which this case has raised.
On 30 September, Southern Cross announced that 250 of the care homes in which it operates have been transferred to new care operators. This represents one third of all of Southern Cross’s homes, involving 249 homes in England and one in Scotland. In each case, the transfer was scrutinised and approved by the relevant national regulator. For the time being, Southern Cross will continue to provide care services in the remainder of its homes.