Responding to news this afternoon (Monday 1 March 2021) that private health care giant HC-One is to sell ten homes in Scotland, GMB Scotland Secretary Gary Smith said:
“At the very moment when we need some sort of stability, HC-One is demonstrating everything that is wrong with our broken model of care and the private provision of residential care.
“The directors and spaghetti bowl of interest groups behind HC-One will not suffer from these sales, the uncertainty will only affect exhausted key workers, vulnerable services users and worried families, and the public purse.
“Workers and service users in HC-One are now waiting anxiously to see what their futures hold; it’s added emotional punishment after a horrific year where we are still very much in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This demonstrates why we need to move at pace over the implementation of the Independent Adult Social Care Review recommendations for a National Care Service, so we can start to address the crises in our social care sector which COVID-19 has exposed.”
Contact: GMB Scotland Communications on 07976 447077
Notes to Editors:
HC-One plans to sell 10 sites out of 57 care homes across Scotland, as part of an overall sale of 52 across the rest of the UK and 4 closures. Impacting over 750 workers in Scotland, the affected homes are as follows:
Blar Buidhe, Stornoway; Castle Gardens, Invergordon; Cradlehall, Inverness; Hamewith Lodge, Aberdeen; Moss Park, Fort William; Kinnaird Manor, Falkirk; Kintyre, Campbeltown; Arcadia Gardens, Glasgow; Darnley Court, Glasgow; Northgate House, Glasgow.