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."
More top news
Thousands of people are staying in temporary shelters following the big earthquake in Indonesia's Aceh province.
Russia appears to have snubbed a Japanese attempt at puppy-love diplomacy by declining a gift of a dog for President Vladimir Putin.
The self-declared white supremacist's was recorded telling an FBI agent "I went to that church in Charleston and I did it."