Responding to the news that one of Britain's largest care home groups, Four Seasons Health Care, is on the brink of administration, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Judith Jolly said:
“For the many thousands of residents and staff at the Four Seasons Health Care, the news that the group is set to go into administration will be deeply worrying.
“Another social care crisis in unfolding on the Tories watch as they repeatedly delay confronting the funding and structural problems in social care.
"Questions must now be answered by the Conservative Government as to how such a major care home group could have gone into administration, potentially putting at risk thousands of people’s care and thousands of jobs.
“Liberal Democrats are ready to challenge the problems in social care. We would ensure an effective and efficient NHS and care system which will be there for our loved ones when they need it with a penny on income tax to directly invest funds in social care.”
(Four Seasons runs two care homes in Wales, including Rookery Residential Home in Ebbw Vale, and one in Cheshire. The Welsh Government is responsible for the regulation of care homes in Wales, but is dependent on an allocation from central government under the Barnett Formula for funding for residential care.)