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Spy cameras could be used to end care home abuse as inspectors are told to ask themselves: “Is this good enough for my mum?”

Daniel Martin, Whitehall Correspondent, Mail Online

Hidden cameras and undercover spot checks could be used to clamp down on the scandal of care home abuse. The new chief inspector of adult social care yesterday revealed she was considering whether to use spy cameras to catch care workers accused of mistreating the elderly. Relatives of care home residents are being urged to join an army of inspectors to conduct checks on other homes across the country. Among a series of radical changes to the inspection regime announced today, the new chief inspector of adult social care is to hire 600 members of the public with personal experience of the system to carry out checks. Andrea Sutcliffe, who started her job as watchdog at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) a week ago, says she wants to tap into the knowledge of “experts by experience”.

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