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Protesters say despite money injection, seniors still not getting proper care

11/05/2014 10:00 EST | Updated 01/05/2015 05:59 EST
REGINA - A group of seniors advocates have staged a protest in front of the Saskatchewan legislature to call attention to what they say is slow movement from the province to fix problems in the system.

They say seniors in some long-term facilities still aren’t getting their baths and other basic care.

Carrie Klassen, whose mother is in one such home, says the staff are wonderful and caring, but there aren't enough of them.

Last year the province came up with a one-time, $10-million payment to help address the problems after an extensive CEO tour of the homes.

Health Minister Dustin Duncan says not all of that money has been spent yet and promises the province has not lost sight of the issue.

Duncan says the province will evaluate how the program is doing after all of the equipment and training has been implemented in the health regions, but can't say when that will be.

“We’re going to follow up, and we’re going to ensure that the dollars get to residents and to front-line staff.”

(CJME)

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