By Marcus Leach

A report in the Financial Times claims that troubled care home provider Southern Cross is to return 132 of their homes to landlords.

The Financial Times reports that it has seen documents given to landlords outlining their exit strategy, which will affect 20% of the 752 care homes.

The report goes on to say that 47 homes will be returned to landlords by the end of September this year, with 85 more to be handed back by 2016.

This comes just days after Southern Cross announced they would be cutting 3,000 jobs.

"Another day, another report of shocking lack of care from Southern Cross. How do this company's bosses, past and present, sleep at night?" said Dave Prentis, Unison's general secretary.

"The government must step in to regulate the privatised care market. There are many other Southern Cross-style companies out there and this cannot be allowed to happen again."
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