Plans for care home regulator

Care homes could be regulated to prevent a repeat of the crisis that saw off Britain's biggest care homes operator, Southern Cross. Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb will today launch a consultation into proposed measures to protect residents.

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Minister: 'Significant lack of corporate accountability in care homes'

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.

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