Special measures to be extended to care homes

Care quality commissionThe Care Quality Commission is to introduce to care homes a regime of special measures originally introduced to improve failing hospitals in England.

After the introduction of these special measures most hospitals have improved but 5 are still in special measures.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the scheme would be introduced for care homes and home-care agencies next year. That will cover 25,000 services and could lead to the closure of those that fail to improve.

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