Health Minister Norman Lambhas told The Daily Telegraph it is not acceptable that there are no “clear standards of the training that must happen in a care home”.
He told the newspaper:
I would not want a loved one of mine - or indeed myself - to be cared for by someone who has no training.
Criminal prosecutions must follow in the "most outrageous" cases of abuse but reforms are needed to improve the quality of care more widely in nursing homes and in pensioners' own homes, he said.
The Liberal Democrat minister said the new regime must not create “a tick box” culture, adding: “But the bottom line is, I don’t want a loved one being looked after by someone who has really no idea what they are doing.”
The owners of a former care home at the centre of a patient abuse scandal have announced it has gone into administration.
Castlebeck, which housed patients with learning disabilities at the now closed Winterbourne View, own 16 other care homes.
Administrators are seeking buyers for the other properties.
Administrators have said: "The ongoing care of patients and residents will be the priority and Castlebeck and the administrators are committed to working with local commissioners to ensure safe transfer ownership of facilities and continuity of care for individuals."
The Government has published its final report on the Winterbourne View Hospital, the main findings include:
by Spring 2013 the department will set out proposals to strengthen accountability of boards of directors and senior managers
by June 2013 all current placements will be reviewed, everyone in hospital inappropriately moved to community-based support as quickly as possible, and no later than June 2014
by April 2014 each area will have a joint plan to ensure high quality care and support services for all people with learning disabilities or autism and mental health conditions or behaviour described as challenging
the CQC will strengthen inspections and regulation of hospitals and care homes, including unannounced inspections involving people who use services and their families
a new NHS and local government-led joint improvement team will be created to lead and support this transformation
The BBC's Panorama exposed the scandal in June last year when it broadcast undercover journalist Joseph Casey's secret footage, recorded when he was employed at Winterbourne View as a care worker.
Support workers Wayne Rogers, Alison Dove, Graham Doyle, Gardiner, Michael Ezenagu, Danny Brake, Charlotte Cotterell, Holly Draper and Neil Ferguson were caught out in the sting.
Nurses Sookalingum Appoo and Kelvin Fore were filmed condoning the abuse by failing to stop it.
The journalist Mr Casey had got a job at Winterbourne View after whistleblower Terry Bryan, a former nurse at the home, went to the BBC after his complaints to care home owners Castlebeck and care watchdogs were ignored.
His shocking footage showed residents being slapped, soaked in water, trapped under chairs, taunted, sworn at and having their hair pulled, eyes poked and being illegally restrained.
A report into the Winterbourne View scandal will be published by the Department of Health (DH), just over a month after the Government promised to "deliver real change" in the provision of care for disabled people.
In October six members of staff - four support workers and two nurses - were jailed for between six months and two years for their roles in the abuse at the private hospital in Hambrook, South Gloucestershire.
Five others were given suspended prison sentences by a judge at Bristol Crown Court, who condemned the "culture of ill-treatment" and said it had "corrupted and debased".
Today, Norman Lamb, minister of state for care services, publishes his department's review of the scandal.