Some care homes "need that much longer" to turn around entrenched problems in the way the facility is run and warrant an extension of their time on special measures, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has said.
Chief inspector of hospitals for the CQC, Professor Mike Richards, defended his decision to keep struggling care homes running despite damning findings from the industry watchdog.
Some of them are making progress, it is just that I am not confident that they can, if you like, go it alone. So I have recommended that they have a further six months in special measures.
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