Measures to restore confidence after care scandals

Today's measures are a response to several recent scandals in both care homes and hospitals.

They include the case of Winterbourne View care home in Bristol where patients with learning difficulties were abused and neglected by staff.

Footage captured by an undercover BBC reporter showing patients being slapped, dragged on the floor and doused in cold water eventually led to 11 staff pleading guilty to 38 charges.

Read: Winterbourne View report highly critical of agencies

The Francis Report consluded that patients were routinely neglected at Stafford Hospital
The Francis Report consluded that patients were routinely neglected at Stafford Hospital Credit: PA

Stafford Hospital was also the subject of a damning report by Robert Francis QC which concluded that patients were routinely neglected by staff.

It detailed how patients were left unfed and unwashed, some of them in soiled sheets.

Read: Stafford Hospital report calls for 'zero tolerance' approach to poor care

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Care abuse chiefs face fines

Directors of care homes and hospitals that fail to deliver basic standards will be open to prosecution under new plans being unveiled by the Government. They will also have to pass a "fit and proper" test before being appointed to their roles.