Failing care homes may 'slip net'

A new way of checking up on care homes for the elderly in England will put vulnerable residents at greater risk, says a union representing inspectors.

Unison claims the system, which relies more on written self-assessments, will mean thousands of homes will avoid inspections if they look good on paper.

But the Care Quality Commission, which introduced the system, said it would let inspectors focus on failing homes.

Matthew Hill reports.

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