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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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Hidden cameras may be used to inspect care homes

People living in adult care homes could be filmed by hidden cameras if proposals from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are put into place.

Care homes for the elderly could use hidden cameras as part of inspections, the CQC has announced. Credit: PA

The health and social care watchdog unveiled proposals to use surveillance to help with inspections as part of a wider review into the way it monitors care providers.

Andrea Sutcliffe - one of three chief inspectors appointed by the CQC - said the organisation would hold discussions over "the potential use of hidden surveillance".

"We would... like to have an open conversation with people about the use of mystery shoppers and hidden cameras, and whether they would contribute to promoting a culture of safety and quality, while respecting people's rights to privacy and dignity."

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