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Should care home cameras be banned?

You need cameras in care homes. We need them in the rooms. It should be part of a package that's offered to you when you go to these homes. It's up to the relatives then to decide ... I can't see any other way of safeguarding these elderly people.

Irene Rees

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has called for relatives to be banned from secretly filming elderly residents they suspect are being abused in care homes.

Earlier this year the Care Quality Commission watchdog introduced a new policy allowing families to covertly film relatives in homes as a 'last resort'. But the RCN yesterday called for the policy to be banned - warning it would deter nurses from working in care homes and drive down care standards.

Why did I blow the whistle? I saw widespread abuse of people. There was no question about reporting it to management, and we went higher, and higher, and higher.

Eileen Chubb

One woman strongly opposed to the calls is Irene Rees, whose family used covert filming to help jail an NHS nurse who was abusing her 92-year-old mother-in-law. She joins us this morning alongside Eileen Chubb, founder of the campaign group Compassion in Care.

Care home footage courtesy of PA REAL LIFE.

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