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.”
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