Care firm to axe jobs

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CARE home workers face an agonising wait over their future after Southern Cross revealed plans to axe 3,000 jobs.

The firm, which employs 44,000 staff nationwide – including Wearside – said the move was necessary to address staff effectiveness in its 750 homes.

Bosses have pledged the move will not effect the quality of care provided to its 31,000 residents.

The struggling County Durham-based company has lost £311million in six months.