About half the care homes in the South East have been told to improve, with inspectors finding homes "smelling of urine".
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Allegations of neglect at two Berkshire nursing homes are being investigated, police have said.
A nurse who assaulted a 90-year-old dementia sufferer in a care home has been struck off.
A man with multiple sclerosis (MS) who requires almost 24-hour care has said he "can't exist" without the help of care assistants and has called for them to be given more reward for their work.
More than 25,000 people are estimated to be living with dementia in the area covered by the North East Combined Authority.
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