All care homes formerly run by Southern Cross in England have now been transferred to new operators, the government announced today.
Care services minister Paul Burstow said: “I would like to thank all of the organisations which have worked together with the government to ensure that the transfer of care homes has been carried out with the minimal impact on residents and staff.
“This has involved complex and difficult negotiations, but throughout we have made clear that continuity of care for residents was paramount.
“Without this huge co-operative effort, the situation could have been very different for the 31,000 residents and 40,000 staff.
“No one has lost their place and everyone has continued to be looked after.”
A White Paper on the reform of adult social care will be published next spring.
This will follow a review of the social care market that aims to ensure sufficient safeguards in place to oversee it.