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GMB union reacts to news that care home operator HC-One, which has homes in Inverness and Invergordon, plans to sell 10 of its Scottish properties


By Ian Duncan

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The GMB union has reacted to today's announcement that private health care giant HC-One is planning to sell 10 of its Scottish care homes.

The operator, which has homes in Inverness and Invergordon, is yet to confirm which homes it is planning to sell.

Gary Smith, GMB Scotland Secretary, said: "At the very moment when we need some sort of stability, HC-One is demonstrating everything that is wrong with our broken model of care and the private provision of residential care.

“The directors and spaghetti bowl of interest groups behind HC-One will not suffer from these sales, the uncertainty will only affect exhausted key workers, vulnerable services users and worried families, and the public purse.

“Workers and service users in HC-One are now waiting anxiously to see what their futures hold; it’s added emotional punishment after a horrific year where we are still very much in the grip of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This demonstrates why we need to move at pace over the implementation of the Independent Adult Social Care Review recommendations for a National Care Service, so we can start to address the crises in our social care sector which COVID-19 has exposed.”

The Inverness Courier has contacted HC-One for a statement.


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