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'Hidden cameras' in care homes

Adult and elderly people living in care homes could be under constant surveillance if proposals from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are put into place. The CQC wants to use hidden cameras to help with inspections after a number of scandals.

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CQC will create 'big brother culture'

Proposals to introduce hidden cameras in care homes have been criticised by an industry expert.

Davina Ludlow, the director of care home directory carehome.co.uk, accused the Care Quality Commission (CQC) of creating "a big brother culture" which would "impact on residents' freedom".

Whilst safeguarding is vital, so too is dignity and privacy.

We urge full and meaningful consultation before digital spies infiltrate the care sector.

Not only will covert surveillance impact on residents' freedom, it may also have a knock-on effect on the motivation of staff.

We need to train, support and inspire the next generation of carers, not create a big brother culture where people are afraid to do this vital job.

– director of care home directory carehome.co.uk Davina Ludlow

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