CCTV in care home bedrooms? Campaign launched to protect vulnerable residents

Tony Stowell, from Hull, shared footage of his mother in bed at 11am with the blinds drawn while she was reportedly entitled to one-to-one care.

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A campaign has been launched to change the law to allow CCTV cameras in care home bedrooms, amid concerns vulnerable residents aren't receiving the care they need.

Tony Stowell, from Hull, shared footage of his mother still in bed at 11am with the blinds drawn. He says she had not been washed, and there was no carer with her, despite being entitled to one-to-one care.

Mr Stowell had met with the former health secretary Matt Hancock, where he is said to have received a positive response, but attention will now turn to Sajid Javid to see whether he supports the proposals.

A petition is expected to be brought to parliament as early as next week, but some people have raised concerns the move could lead to a flood of legal claims.

In a joint statement, Hull Clinical Commisioning Group and Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: "We take safeguarding concerns very seriously and would strongly encourage anybody who is worried about a vulnerable adult to report this in order to allow a full investigation to be undertaken as needed, and to help prevent further risk of harm or abuse."

The Department of Health and Social Care said: "Abuse of any kind – especially against vulnerable people in care – is abhorrent and we’re determined to stop it.

Kirsty Gallacher, Nana Akua and Kevin Larkin discussed the proposal on the Great British Breakfast.
Kirsty Gallacher, Nana Akua and Kevin Larkin discussed the proposal on the Great British Breakfast.

"Where the CQC has concerns they will take action through their robust inspection regime to ensure people are safe.

"Tougher inspections aim to ensure abuse is caught and dealt with, and the Government has made sure that across the country, the police, councils and NHS are working together to help protect vulnerable adults from abuse or other types of exploitation.

"Any kind of surveillance must consider the privacy and dignity of those it seeks to record.” We want to hear your views.

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