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John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary
, responding to the news that Southern Cross is to cease running its residential care homes, said:

"This announcement is what those living in Southern Cross owned homes have feared for weeks. While the company offers reassurances, residents and their families must now hear from Ministers what action they are taking to guarantee nobody ends up on the street or is left with inadequate care provision.

"Many other people in private residential care will also now worry about the future, and Southern Cross raises serious questions about David Cameron's plans to turn healthcare into a full scale market."

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