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UK prime minister “guarantees” welfare of residents of struggling nursing home chain

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3535 (Published 03 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3535
  1. David Brindle
  1. 1Guardian

The prime minister’s official spokesman has issued a “guarantee” to safeguard the welfare of 31 000 residents of care homes run by Southern Cross, the biggest private residential and nursing home chain, which is struggling to avoid collapse.

Number 10’s intervention came as controversy over social care fuelled the already heated debate over the government’s planned NHS reforms. In a separate development, there was widespread revulsion at revelations by BBC television’s Panorama programme about the abuse of young adults with learning disabilities at an assessment and treatment unit near Bristol, operated by private company …

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