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Saskatchewan government posts results of CEO tours to long-term care facilities

05/27/2015 11:14 EDT | Updated 05/27/2016 05:59 EDT
REGINA - The government of Saskatchewan is giving the public a look at what's working and what's not working at long-term care facilities in the province.

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Health posted the results of the 2014 CEO tours throughout the province.

It's the second year the ministry has had health region CEOs visit the facilities to hear from staff and residents about conditions at the facilities.

Late last year, the province's ombudsman found nursing homes are under strain and there are gaps in long-term care.

Mary McFadyen's report said staff reported their work schedules result in burn-out and increased sick leave, and that management was unavailable or unsupportive when issues were raised.

The Opposition NDP has been calling for a seniors advocate, higher staffing levels and minimum-care standards.

Health Minister Dustin Duncan said progress is being made on the issue.

"That being said, I think what I've said right from the beginning is that these are some complex issues that we're trying to face, that change isn't going to happen overnight," he said.

Duncan stressed the importance of the tours, saying it's vital to have the health region CEOs visit people on the front line who are directly impacted by the decisions they make.

"As long as I'm in this position, I think our CEOs and our senior leaders will continue to do these tours and will be seen on the front lines in the facilities to see first-hand what's working well and what's not working well."

(CJME)