Care Homes: CCTV:Written question - 127916

Asked by Emma Hardy
(Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle)

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Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Care Homes: CCTV
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of installing CCTV cameras in care homes on the prevention of abuse; and if he will make a statement.
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 22 February 2018

No assessment has been made of the potential effect of installing CCTV cameras in care homes, however, we expect serious allegations of abuse and neglect to be thoroughly investigated and prosecutions to be brought where this is warranted.

The abuse of people who depend on care services is completely unacceptable, and we are determined to stamp it out.

That is why we introduced the new wilful neglect offence which came into force in April 2015.

We have made it clear, in statutory guidance to support implementation of the Care Act 2014, that we expect local authorities to ensure that the services they commission are safe, effective and of high quality. We also expect those providing the service, local authorities and the Care Quality Commission to take swift action where anyone alleges poor care, neglect or abuse.

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