What would you think if you knew that the CQC might use hidden cameras to check whether the care your mum received was up to scratch?
A mum has spoken to ITV News about her anguish after her son was sent to a care home 130 miles away from the family home.
People with learning disabilities have a one in two chance of receiving substandard care, a report by the care services watchdog revealed.
Verdicts are due to be recorded today at an inquest into the unexplained deaths of 19 elderly people at a care home in Copthorne, West Sussex.
The hearing was told that some residents of the now-defunct Orchid View care home, which was run by Southern Cross, were given wrong doses of medication, left soiled and unattended due to shortages of staff and of a lack of management.
The home closed down in late 2011 after a Care Quality Commission investigation found it had failed to meet eight of their essential standards of quality and safety.
Hidden cameras could and have helped worried families find out about the kind of care their loved one was receiving, the care minister told Daybreak.
Norman Lamb said "there was no loss of dignity" with surveillance if the Care Quality Commission were on board as it was "all by agreement" and "might expose something dreadful".
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) want to "inspire" workers looking after elderly and adults patients to provide better care, the new head of the CQC told Daybreak.
Andrea Sutcliffe denied a ratings system for care homes would create a divide between outstanding facilities, which would become oversubscribed, and other homes which had not done so well.
She explained: "What we want to do is to encourage people to improve so that we don't get into that situation. We need to make sure that there are good services available."
Care homes and adult social care inspectors should ask themselves if they would allow their own mother to stay in the facility they are inspecting, the new Care Quality Commission chief has said.
Andrea Sutcliffe published her priorities in A Fresh Start for the Regulation and Inspection of Adult Social Care.
Ms Sutcliffe also wants to recruit an army of ordinary people with personal experience of the care system to help carry out inspections and introduce a more rigorous ratings system.
– Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care Andrea Sutcliffe
We will always be on the side of the people who use care services. For every care service we look at, I want us to ask: 'Is this good enough for my mum?'.
If it is, this should be celebrated. If not, then as the regulator we will do something about it.
Adult social care is the largest and fastest growing sector that CQC regulates and so it is imperative that we get it right.
Proposals to introduce hidden cameras in care homes have been criticised by an industry expert.
Davina Ludlow, the director of care home directory carehome.co.uk, accused the Care Quality Commission (CQC) of creating "a big brother culture" which would "impact on residents' freedom".
– director of care home directory carehome.co.uk Davina Ludlow
Whilst safeguarding is vital, so too is dignity and privacy.
We urge full and meaningful consultation before digital spies infiltrate the care sector.
Not only will covert surveillance impact on residents' freedom, it may also have a knock-on effect on the motivation of staff.
We need to train, support and inspire the next generation of carers, not create a big brother culture where people are afraid to do this vital job.
Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has denied trying to prevent a hospital failings scandal becoming public knowledge when he was serving as health secretary in 2009.
Emails released by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) watchdog under freedom of information laws showed that the Department of Health under Labour tried to stop details emerging of a hospital scandal involving higher-than-normal death rates.
Jeremy Hunt, the current health secretary, described the emails as "shocking revelations on Andy Burnham's attempts to cover up failing hospitals" but Burnham accused Hunt of launching a "smear campaign without evidence" against him.
The MP for Barrow and Furness said he was disappointed there would be no inquiry into the alleged Care Quality Commission cover-up.
The initial review highlighted the CQC's failure to investigate a spate of baby deaths at Furness General Hospital.
– John Woodcock, Barrow and Furness MP
This is disappointing given the seriousness of the cover-up at the CQC and its impact on Barrow families but the police ultimately had to make an assessment of whether they thought prosecutions could be brought successfully.
However, the decision not to include the CQC in the police probe does leave the path clear for these shocking failings to be included in the independent inquiry that will shortly begin and I hope its chair will agree to my request to do that.