Call to protect residents – MP

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ELDERLY and vulnerable residents of care homes in Long Melford and Nayland, affected by the demise of a national care home company, must be protected, says South Suffolk MP Tim Yeo.

The homes are run by Southern Cross. Its shares were suspended last week.

Mr Yeo said: “It is imperative that the elderly and vulnerable residents of Barleycombe and Nayland House are protected.

“I am pleased that the Government has assured us that no-one will be made homeless. I will continue to monitor their situation very closely.”

Barleycombe, in Sudbury Road, Long Melford, has 14 residents with learning difficulties. Nayland House, off Bear Street, specialises in elderly, dementia care.

Suffolk County Council said it will continue its support for 23 people in the two homes.

Southern Cross is the UK’s largest care home operator with 31,000 residents.