Care home checks vow

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CARE homes receiving one unannounced inspection each year in the Lothians does not mean there has been a drop in quality, the health secretary has said.

Nicola Sturgeon stressed that she felt the area’s care homes were doing a good job.

But she added increased inspections – not allowing homes the chance to prepare false environments – was a necessary step.

She said: “I believe that general care services in Scotland are of a good quality and respond well to the needs of both older people and the people who care for them.

“However, I have also been clear that there are aspects of the care regime in Scotland that are worth further consideration.”