Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has pledged to crack down on the practice of care homes charging for rooms after residents’ deaths.
Charges by some providers are running into the thousands of pounds in some cases, The Daily Mail has reported.
Mr Hunt said: “This kind of practice is totally unacceptable.
“If we are returned to government I will ask the CQC to examine whether checking up on these practices could be part of their inspection regime.”
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced last month that it was investigating complaints that care homes are charges residents after their deaths as part of its probe into the sector (see Care homes still charging after residents die).
The CMA launched its care and nursing home review in December last year (see BREAKING NEWS: CMA launches care and nursing home review).
Interim findings from the investigation are expected in the middle of next month.
Details of the Tories long-term policy on social care are expected to be revealed in their General Election manifesto (see Social care plan could make Tory manifesto).