Southern Cross PLC: Social Care Directors call for calm

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Saturday May 28th, 2011
Embargo: Immediate

Directors of adult Social Services have called for calm amid emerging and mounting concern among some older people who live in residential and nursing homes owned by Southern Cross PLC. Stories concerning the financial viability of the company have featured in newspaper and some broadcast outlets over the past few months giving rise to some anxiety among their residents, and the relations and carers of those residents.

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services has been aware for some time of the difficulties surrounding Southern Cross PLC and the companys relationships with its landlords. ADASS has been involved in high-level discussions accordingly. Councils buy the majority of residential places in Southern Cross PLC homes, and are still continuing to buy.  

ADASS President Peter Hay said today: As councils buying care from Southern Cross we are willing to work with all parties to support the recovery of the business. The care sector has many viable businesses delivering high quality care, and we can achieve that for Southern Cross residents if all parties cooperate and continue to put the interests of residents and their families first.

In all eventualities, directors of adult social services and their social work staff will put the peace of mind; physical and emotional welfare, and the interests of older residents and their carers at the forefront of every decision we make.




For further information contact:

Peter Hay, President, ADASS, 0121 303 2992

Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755