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
A man's body has been discovered in the sea off the Kent coast.
Cooler and cloudier for much of the UK with showers or longer spells of rain.
Donald Trump has said North Korea showed disrespect to its major ally China after it fired a short-range ballistic missile.