Council threatens legal action over Bupa sell-off

Powys County Council in mid-Wales is threatening legal action over Bupa’s sale of 12 homes it manages on its behalf to HC-One.

The statement followed the announcement yesterday that Bupa has agreed to sell 122 homes to HC-One for £122m (see BREAKING NEWS: HC-One agrees to buy 122 Bupa care homes).

Leader of Powys County Council, Cllr Rosemarie Harris, said: “We have not had any formal confirmation from Bupa regarding this matter and have not been involved in discussions. We consider that Bupa’s actions are unlawful and we are considering taking legal action.

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“We are seeking an urgent meeting with Bupa but we do not anticipate any change to service delivery.

“All services commissioned by the council with Bupa are under contract and we will be seeking assurances from the company about future operations and have requested an urgent meeting with the company regarding today’s developments.”

A Bupa spokesman said yesterday that its priority was informing residents, employees and regulators, adding: “As part of today’s announcement we contacted Powys County Council and will continue our discussions as we move forward with the transfer of homes.”

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