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CHP SURVEY: Four in five people support mandatory CCTV in care homes

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More than four in five people support the mandatory adoption of CCTV care homes, a CHP survey has found.

The survey of over 400 CHP readers found that 81% were in favour of mandatory CCTV safety monitoring in care homes. Only 5% disagreed, with 10% supporting adoption in communal areas only and 4% saying CCTV should only be used in exceptional circumstances.

Jayne Connery, head of the Care Campaign for the Vulnerable (CCFTV), said: “CCFTV is not surprised at all with the results this poll as those findings are essentially aligned with all other polls conducted over the last couple of years with regard to the use of CCTV in care homes. It is interesting that almost 95% of those polled believed in the use of cameras in some capacity with 81% believing such systems should be mandatory. That’s an overwhelming response with only 5% against any use.

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“Providers using this technology have confirmed a reduction in untoward events and sustained improvements in the quality of care delivered to the vulnerable people living in their care homes. It is very hard to argue with real tangible outcomes.”

The debate over the adoption of CCTV safety monitoring has intensified in recent months with a number of leading political figures signalling their support for adoption, including Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock and former Attorney General Dominic Grieve.

Opinion amongst leaders remains firmly divided on the issue, however, with Care Minister Caroline Dinenage and Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care Kate Terroni signalling their opposition to mandatory adoption.

You can find out more about leader’s views in a major feature published in this month’s issue of Care Home Professional.

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