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Southern Cross takeover boss vows to invest in staff


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.


Readers' comments (2)

  • 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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