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Labour conference: Healy in private care home pledge

Labour would ban some firms from running care homes to stop another Southern Cross crisis.
Shadow health secretary John Healy made the policy announcement in his speech to the Labour conference.
 

In his speech, Mr Healey said private firms should be able to provide services to the NHS but should be banned from running hospitals.

He admitted that Labour had failed to regulate which businesses could invest in care homes when it was in government.

But if it returned to power, it would intervene to stop a repeat of the Southern Cross financial scandal that left thousands of elderly residents facing an uncertain future.

And when it comes to NHS contracts, he said that firms which have a "true social ethos" will be favoured over those deemed to be "driven by narrow commercial interests".

'Best standards'

He told Labour delegates in Liverpool: "People's confidence in care was shaken by the crisis at Southern Cross.

"Care for some of the most vulnerable in our society, traded by predatory fund managers who saw elderly people as commodities and dementia as a high-profit market.

"We did not act before but we will in future. So we will regulate for the best business practices as well as the best care standards."
 

In his speech, Mr Healey said private firms should be able to provide services to the NHS but should be banned from running hospitals.

He admitted that Labour had failed to regulate which businesses could invest in care homes when it was in government.

But if it returned to power, it would intervene to stop a repeat of the Southern Cross financial scandal that left thousands of elderly residents facing an uncertain future.

And when it comes to NHS contracts, he said that firms which have a "true social ethos" will be favoured over those deemed to be "driven by narrow commercial interests".

'Best standards'

He told Labour delegates in Liverpool: "People's confidence in care was shaken by the crisis at Southern Cross.

"Care for some of the most vulnerable in our society, traded by predatory fund managers who saw elderly people as commodities and dementia as a high-profit market.

"We did not act before but we will in future. So we will regulate for the best business practices as well as the best care standards."