Commenting on the news that one of the UK's biggest private care home operators, Four Seasons, which operates over 30 care residential homes across Scotland, is facing administration, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:
“This will be a deeply worrying time for hundreds of Four Seasons residents and staff. People’s jobs and people’s care is being put at risk.
“Both Conservative and SNP governments have repeatedly delayed confronting the funding and structural problems in social care. This is further evidence that the contemporary model of social care in a care home setting is in fundamental need of a rethink.
“We need an effective and efficient NHS and care system which will be there for our loved ones when they need it. Instead we have people stuck in hospital for up to 600 days after doctors declared them ready to leave because community care packages simply aren’t available. That kind of experience has a devastating impact on people’s physical and mental health.”