Southern cross update

landlords of the 73 Southern Cross care homes in the East Midlands missed the first deadline that was set for them to take over the homes and appoint new operators according to GMB, the union representing Southern Cross staff.

All landlords were due on August 1 to appoint new operators for the 750 homes which house around 31,000 elderly and vulnerable residents and employ 42,500 staff.

Southern Cross managers told GMB, at a meeting on August 16, that they were unable to provide a list as some landlords had yet to appoint new operators and no new definite deadline has since then been fixed.

The company that collapsed earlier this year owns Victoria Park, Ladywood and the Cedars and Larches care homes in Ilkeston.

Residents’ futures remain uncertain as deadlines have not been met.