11/09/2012 09:53 EST | Updated 01/09/2013 05:12 EST

Saskatchewan government says time needed to act on long-term care bed report

LA RONGE, Sask. - The Saskatchewan government is being accused of ignoring a two-year-old report that says more long-term care beds are needed in the northern community of La Ronge.

Opposition NDP MLA Doyle Vermette says the report states that 46 beds are needed in the northern community, but only 16 are available.

Vermette says the lack of extra beds means many seniors have to seek care in southern communities.

He says that can sometimes lead to 10-hour trips for loved ones to visit.

Health Minister Dustin Duncan says it will take time to address the situation in La Ronge because of a backlog of infrastructure needs.

Duncan says once projects like the Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan are completed, the government will be in a better position to look at long-term care facilities. (CJLR)