Adult care directors are seeking urgent talks with the Care Quality Commission over concerns that a new ratings system for providers will reduce scrutiny of services, to the detriment of users.
The Mid Staffs NHS Trust Public Enquiry has lessons for social care. Day after day the enquiry hears from those whose lives have been devastated by the failure of care and those who worked in the hospital and, in their different ways, attempted to protest against the vicious, callous management regime.
Registration fees for social care staff in England could be introduced "through the back door" if the government goes ahead with a plan to install a voluntary regulation system, sector leaders have warned.
As a group, they occupy nearly 40% of residential care places and 48% of those in nursing homes, but self-funders and their relatives remain largely unsupported by councils. This emerged last month
A care home has been fined for breaches of safety laws over the death of a resident who drank toilet cleaner.
The government has been accused of penalising the most vulnerable in society by campaigners after it froze the threshold for social care help.