Campaigners for better care for the elderly have welcomed plans by the Care Quality Commission to use hidden cameras.
But there are concerns that authorities lack the power to deal with cases of abuse and neglect.
One man in North Devon says his concerns about care for his mother were ignored, as John Andrews reports.
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