Christopher Pincher

Staff and residents have been updating an MP on plans to transfer a nursing home near Lichfield to a new care provider.

Southern Cross, the current operators of Haunton Hall went into liquidation last month, leaving the future of a number of care homes across the country in doubt.

Christopher Pincher

The area’s MP, Christopher Pincher, spent more than an hour meeting regional manager Tracy Johnson and care home boss Joanne Bryant in what he described as a “clear and helpful” discussion.

Mr Pincher said:

“From what I have seen Southern Cross is being very straightforward and transparent with their staff, their residents and residents’ families. Staff morale is good – indeed more staff have been recruited since Southern Cross’ problems began. Residents seem to be happy that they are being kept informed and I understand that their families also have faith in Haunton Hall’s staff, many of whom have seen several changes of ownership down the years.

“I am told that Southern Cross is confident an appropriate care home provider to take over from them will shortly be announced and a transition plan is in place to ensure there is no disruption to residents or staff.”

Mr Pincher  has also released a letter received from Health Secretary Andrew Lansley following concerns raised about Southern Cross in the House of Commons in July.

In the letter Mr Lansley said:

“We have made it quite clear that, whatever happens, no resident – whether publicly or self funded – will be left homeless or without care. The government will not stand by and let that happen.”

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