It's time to prosecute bad care homes, watchdog chief says
The Commissioner for Older People says criminal charges should be brought against care homes where staff repeatedly fail to meet standards.
Proposals to improve the regulation of care in nursing and residential care homes across Northern Ireland will be made by the Commissioner to the Health Minister.
The move spearheaded by Claire Keatinge follows a recent Independent Review into Cherry Tree House Nursing and Residential Care Home.
It revealed a damning catalogue of poor care and consistent failures by the home over several years in Carrickfergus.
The recommendations will be made in the autumn and will focus on what actions need to be introduced so that when failings in care homes are identified, necessary improvements are made quickly or are closed down.
A review, involving people receiving nursing, residential and domiciliary care, and organisations with an interest in older people, will be involved in developing the proposals.
"Clearly the current system does not adequately protect those who rely on it for their care," Ms Keatinge said.