Residents in 850 care homes across theUK will be asked to rate their experience as part of a new survey which aims to uncover failings in the industry.
In a new sign that care home regulation is being taken more seriously the Care Quality Commission has backed a new independent survey to get information on the safely and quality of care and nursing home services
It is planned that there will be almost 50,000 residents surveyed and the Commission plans firm action if there is evidence of services failing
There is also a plan to demand more and detailed inspections of care homes when the homes cannot show verified and detailed evidence of their performance.
The final results are to be published next year and the intention is to give each home a care rating.
This action is partly in response to the disastrous failure of the Northern Cross Care Home Group which led to calls for more stringent regulation and monitoring.
It is to be hoped that this is a signal of a new seriousness by the regulatory authorities which will lead to a lesser incidence of nursing home negligence and safer places for families to leave their loved ones to be cared for when they have difficulties in caring for themselves