New measures to crack down on abuse in care system

The government will today announce measures that aim to restore confidence in the care system after a series of scandals, including Winterbourne View and Mid-Staffs.

The measures include:

  • A compulsory 'fit and proper person' test for hospital and care home directors. If they fail the test, they will be removed from their post.
  • Addressing a loophole in the system where providers responsible for appalling failures in care can escape prosecution.
  • Allowing the Care Quality Commission to prosecute providers and their directors without giving prior notice.

Read: Care home directors to be 'held responsible' for abuses

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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.