Care home company to cut jobs

THE company which owns a problem-hit care home in St Leonards has announced it is shedding thousands of jobs amid mounting financial difficulties.

Southern Cross runs the Lauriston Christian Care Home on The Green, which was ordered to shape up or face closure after a damning report by inspectors last month. They highlighted 13 areas in which the home was failing to provide proper care for residents and demanded managers draw up an action plan to improve services to its 60 elderly residents.

This week it was announced that the company was cutting 3,000 posts from its 44,000-strong workforce in a bid to ‘address levels of staff effectiveness’ although it is not yet clear if any staff at the Lauriston home will be affected. Southern Cross’s announcement came hot on the heels of the news that it was struggling to meet rent payments for its 750 homes across the UK.

A Southern Cross statement promised that: ‘the proposed reduction in staff numbers will not jeopardise the continuity or quality of care’ but union bosses rounded on the plans

with Paul Kenny of the GMB calling on the Government to step in. “These are not factories facing closure, they are a vital part of the social fabric of every community,” he said.

Contingency plans have reportedly been drawn up to safeguard the 31,000 residents of Southern Cross homes should the company prove unable to get out of its financial difficulties.