Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb said he had been looking at regulation of the care sector in light of the abuse of vulnerable patients uncovered at private hospital Winterbourne View near Bristol and believed it was not yet "fit for purpose".
He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme:
I think there is a significant lack of corporate accountability for the quality of care that is provided in care homes and in private hospitals and that is something I am determined to address.
I have been looking at that in terms of the Government's response to the horrors of Winterbourne View and I just have a sense that the whole regulatory model for the care sector is not actually yet fit for purpose and there are reforms that are necessary.
More top news
The Government said Judge Munby's plan to tag adults thought to be at risk of joining Islamic State was "novel".
July has been a month of extremes - a heatwave brought temperatures up to 37C to begin with and ended on a low last night.
Frustrated NatWest customers have taken to Twitter after they were unable to login to their online banking today.