'Tens of thousands of vulnerable residents have been left at risk with 40 per cent of social
care homes failing inspections.
Of the 5,300 care homes reported on this year a staggering 2,000 were found to be ‘inadequate’ or ‘in need of improvement’.
It means 70,000 vulnerable residents and patients are at risk and, of those, 9,000 are in homes that do not even meet basic safety standards.
Inspectors found shocking conditions, including elderly residents who were left filthy and starving.
Others were locked in their rooms with no natural light.
Many were given the wrong medication.
Despite the failings only five homes have been successfully prosecuted in the past two years by the Care Quality Commission.'