The number of allegations of care home abuse has grown by 82%, according to analysis of CQC figures.
The data, which was released in response to a written request by Labour MP James Frith, reveal reported allegations of abuse rose to 67,590 in 2018 from 37,060 in 2014, the Independent reported.
Dan Scorer, head of policy and public affairs at learning disability charity, Mencap, said: “This drastic rise in the number of reported incidents of abuse in care homes is alarming.
“Even if some of the increase can be attributed to better reporting, these numbers are extremely disturbing and need to be investigated urgently. There should be a zero tolerance approach to abuse.”
Kate Terroni, CQC Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, added: “We encourage all people using adult social care services to speak up about their experiences of care.
“Hearing directly from people is an important part of our inspection work and contributes to driving improvements in standards, as well as helping us identify where poor care has taken place.”
The chief inspector said the watchdog would act to close down services if necessary where abuse was found.
A Department of Health & Social Care added: “Abuse of vulnerable people is abhorrent and we expect all care homes to protect their residents.
“To ensure this happens we have introduced robust inspections of care services and made sure that the police, councils and the NHS are working together to help protect vulnerable adults.”
The spokesperson said 84% of adult social care providers were rated ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ and local councils had received £3.9bn for services this year.