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Southern Cross takeover boss vows to invest in staff

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The boss of the company taking over the largest number of Southern Cross care homes has pledged to win back the confidence of staff.

Earlier this month new operator HC-One took on 2,250 nurses working at 241 care homes across the UK, nearly a third of the homes run by Southern Cross before it folded.

HC-One has promised no immediate home closures.

Chair Chai Patel told Nursing Times the company’s plan to turnaround the homes was “improving quality to increase occupancy”. He added: “we will not cut corners.”

He said there were “no current plans to cut [staff] numbers”. Although he said he could not guarantee there would be no job losses in the future, he said: “I want to win confidence back”.

“Several million each year” would be spent on a “five-year plan” for learning and development for staff, out of a total of £30m of new investment, he added.

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  • I'll believe it when I see it. I doubt I will see it.

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  • Please send me copies of retained Southern Cross Employees Status Quo Contract agreed both by Southern Cross and HC One.

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