04/14/2015 03:40 EDT | Updated 06/14/2015 05:59 EDT

Alberta NDP Says It Would Add Long-Term Care Beds

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EDMONTON - Leader Rachel Notley says the New Democrats will improve access to long-term care if they win the Alberta election on May 5.

Notley says hundreds of patients are being forced to spend months in hospital waiting for room in a nursing home.

She says the severe bed shortage is due to the PC government not giving the issue enough attention.

She says the NDP would add 2,000 long-term care spaces over four years to reduce the wait list and relieve pressure on overcrowded hospitals.

Notley made the announcement at the Edmonton home of Bernie Travis, whose husband, Clarence, has been waiting in hospital since August for a long-term care bed.