The Care Quality Commission (CQC) want to "inspire" workers looking after elderly and adults patients to provide better care, the new head of the CQC told Daybreak.
Andrea Sutcliffe denied a ratings system for care homes would create a divide between outstanding facilities, which would become oversubscribed, and other homes which had not done so well.
She explained: "What we want to do is to encourage people to improve so that we don't get into that situation. We need to make sure that there are good services available."
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