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Care agencies 'must ensure recruits can speak English'

7 May 2014 Last updated at 07:14 BST

A government adviser says agencies should make sure people they recruit as carers can speak English before placing them in vulnerable people's homes.

Dr Shereen Hussein, scientific adviser to the Department of Health, told the BBC that poor language skills could lead to bad care and abuse.

BBC social affairs correspondent Michael Buchanan reports.

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