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'Lives at risk' in scandal of elderly care system

Posted 12-03-19

Britain's care system is denying the sick, elderly and vulnerable the dignity and respect they deserve, campaigners have warned. They say inadequate training and failure to monitor patients properly in homes has led to a crisis that is putting lives at risk.

The scandal has seen Care Campaign for the Vulnerable inundated with calls from families that want to share shocking examples of neglect and abuse.

The non-profit organisation is leading calls for CCTV to be installed in all communal areas in all care homes in the UK.

Click here for recent BBC report.

Care UK are expressing privacy concerns regarding the push for cameras in all care homes. But surely privacy is only valuable if patients are safe? Judging by the hundreds of distressing reports regarding vulnerable patients being abused, clearly patients are not safe and it is time to address this scandal by the government introducing legislation that makes CCTV in care homes mandatory.

Not just in communal areas as suggested – but in every bedroom as well. Elderly infirm patients spend the majority of their time in their bedroom and this is often where abuse takes place. A camera in the corner of every room recorded onto a central server in a secure location would protect patients and give relatives peace of mind. There is no doubt that this simple and in this day and age cost effective move would vastly reduce the incidents of abuse and neglect throughout our care homes in the UK.

I'm sure Care Home owners will cite cost as well as privacy for reasons not to install cameras but cost should not be barrier to ensuring patient safety. IP camera systems are now extremely affordable and do not have to be paid for up front – customers can lease them or rent them for often as little as £ 50.00 per week – surely this is a small price to pay to stop this scandal in our care system?

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