Southern Cross care homes will be given back to their landlords

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STRICKEN care home chain Southern Cross is being broken up after attempts to rescue the company floundered.

While 250 of its care homes in the UK are to be returned to their landlords, 500 of them still have no firm plans for the future, and could be sold.

However, Southern Cross chief executive Jamie Buchan said: ‘My objective, and that of my team, is to continue to provide excellent care to every resident and to manage the programme of transition professionally.’

In Fareham, the Cams Ridge home, which has 74 staff and 51 beds, will be under the control of Loopsign, which runs 73 other homes in the UK.

Hamilton House in Drayton, which has 60 beds, will be under the control of property company Daejan Holdings, based in London, which runs five other homes.

It is not known who the landlord is for Woodcot Lodge, in Gosport, which has 78 staff and 84 beds.

Southern Cross’s future has been hanging in the balance since March, when it warned that its rental bill was unsustainable. Trading in Southern Cross shares has been suspended.