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'Special measures' planned for care homes

Failing care homes could be could be put into a similar failure category as poor-performing hospitals, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is to announce.

Mr Hunt will say that most of the hospital trusts that were put into special measures a year ago have shown significant improvements.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is set to announce new care measures for care homes. Credit: PA

From October more care services across England will now face a "tough" new inspection regime, he will say.

The services that are rated inadequate face being put into "special measures" and if they fail to make improvements following this they could be shut down, he will add.

Putting hospital trusts in special measures was a move introduced as part of the Government's response to the Stafford Hospital scandal.

Relatives speak out over 'horrendous' clinic abuse

The family of a brain-damaged man have spoken of the "horrendous" abuse he went through at the hands of two healthcare workers.

A male relative told ITV News the case "frightens you for everybody that's out there now" who might not have a family to support them in such cases.

The family of the man, who has not been named, installed a hidden camera in his clinic to film the behaviour of the two care assistants.

Rita Page and Lynette Crook are facing jail after pleading guilty to five charges relating to abuse at the facility in Bury in Lancashire.

The pair_ _were warned by the judge at Bolton Crown Court that they could expect a custodial sentence over their treatment of the man, who has not been named.

Police: Care workers showed 'disregard' for victims

Darren Smith, Katie Cairns, Gemma Pearson and Carol Moore showed complete disregard for the well-being of the people they had been entrusted to care for.

Further to that, their ill-treatment was directed at some of the most vulnerable members of our community - these people couldn't speak out or defend themselves.

Their behaviour was utterly contemptible and I can only hope they will now reflect on their actions and see just how cowardly their conduct was.

I would once again like to take this opportunity to commend those members of staff who displayed great courage and decency in speaking out against this despicable behaviour.

– Detective Chief Inspector Andy Hulme, of Lancashire Constabulary
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