Claims over care home dismissed

A BUXTON care home has dismissed a trade union’s claims that its parent company is in financial difficulty.

A report by Unison into the care industry claimed that Four Seasons Health Care, owner of The Branksome in Buxton, was in financial trouble, but Four Seasons have hit back and said that the company’s future is secure.

Chief Executive Dr Pete Calveley said: “Four Seasons Health Care has a robust financial position and is certainly not in any difficulties. We have recently achieved agreements to take on the operation of 17 new hospitals and 1,000 care home places, representing substantial expansion, without the need for further borrowings.

“In short the company is in good health.

“We are very concerned that any irresponsible speculation to the contrary will cause unnecessary worry to the elderly residents in our care.”

Unison have also slammed another care provider, Southern Cross, which is in financial trouble and owns the Tarry Hill facility in New Mills, for cutting 3,000 jobs nationally.

Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary, said:

“Whilst big city backers and company bosses have made off with tens of millions of pounds, vulnerable elderly people and care staff are paying the price.

“Losing your job in this economic downturn is a tragedy, and for elderly people to have the huge worry of losing their homes is a disgrace.

“The care sector is hugely labour intensive, and there is no doubt that job losses on this scale will mean elderly people in Southern Cross homes get a lower standard of care and some homes may be at risk of closure.”