Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve has called for legislation to make CCTV compulsory in all care homes.
The Tory MP said a new law was essential to help protect residents from abuse and neglect.
Mr Grieve told the Express: “Seeing potential problems that exist in care environments, the arguments in favour are very strong. I think this is achievable and could become law.
“We have large numbers of vulnerable people in care homes and we want to provide them with proper standards of care. Incidents of them being abused are scandalous.
“They are also criminal offences, so we have a strong incentive for trying to make sure it doesn’t happen.”
The move is backed by CCTV campaigner Jayne Connery who launched her Care Campaign for the Vulnerable more than five years ago.
Jayne said: “When my mother was slapped in her care home I felt powerless. It’s horrific. I know from those who contact me that it is far more widespread than people think.
“Numerous cases of horrendous abuse could have been prevented if cameras had been fitted to cover public areas. We want the government to listen to our concerns and act.”
To find out more about Jayne’s campaign, visit www.cctvincarehomes.com