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S5W-22961: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 May 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that Four Seasons Health Care has entered administration, and what contingency planning it carried out to prepare for such an outcome.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 21 May 2019

The Scottish Government is aware that the announcement made by Four Seasons Healthcare Group may be unsettling for residents, families and employees at Four Seasons homes. We understand the announcement is part of a continuing process in the company’s financial restructuring, and that the care homes will continue to deliver care as normal by existing management/care teams. We have been assured that the group’s key priority remains to provide quality care.

The Scottish Government has been closely monitoring the situation with the Care Inspectorate and COSLA. The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport and Cllr Currie from COSLA will be meeting with Four Seasons representatives on 28 May to seek reassurances from Four Seasons of their commitment to finding the best possible solution for employees and services users. An initial meeting of the national planning group hosted by COSLA involving Four Seasons, Health and Social Care Partnerships, the Care Inspectorate and Scottish Government, took place on 13 May. A follow-up meeting of this group involving a wider number of stakeholders including the unions is planned for 28 May.

The Care Inspectorate will continue to monitor the services and quality of care at all Four Seasons homes in Scotland to ensure everyone who relies on their services continues to experience care which meets their needs, rights and choices.