Linda comments on Southern Cross Closure

Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has commented on news that the care home company, Southern Cross, is to close.

Southern Cross owns two homes in East Kilbride; Kingsgate Nursing Home and Cathkin House Care Home.

Linda said; “This is obviously a worrying time for Southern Cross residents and their families across Scotland and I share their desire to ensure that continuity of care is the top priority.

“The collapse of Southern Cross is disappointing but not unexpected. At a local and national level, work has been done to prepare for this eventuality. The immediate priority is to protect the homes and services on which the residents depend and the staff who provide for them.

“Obviously, my own main concern is with the future of the two homes in my East Kilbride constituency.

“I know that South Lanarkshire Council is acting to ensure the wellbeing of vulnerable older people in its purview, and I have contacted Harry Stevenson, director of social work, and have asked to be kept fully informed of the ongoing situation with regard to the Kingsgate and Cathkin House homes.”

The Scottish Government said; “We are working on a strong presumption – supported by the landlords, and underpinned by our contingency arrangements – that older people will not be moved. The welfare of all the residents will be maintained with minimum possible disruption. The Scottish Government is working with COSLA and other partners such as ADSW and SCSWIS to ensure continuity of care for all residents in Southern Cross care homes in Scotland.

“This formal announcement signals the start of a process to break up the Southern Cross group on a consensual basis, it does not mean that the business has gone into administration, or that any care homes will close in the immediate future.”

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