09/18/2015 00:24 EDT | Updated 09/17/2016 01:12 EDT

Saskatchewan NDP wants province to provide seniors home reports without delay

REGINA — The Saskatchewan NDP wants all the reports dealing with the seniors care home tours taken by the government's health region CEOs during the spring and summer.

Health critic Danielle Chartier believes the reports from the most recent tours should be complete and doesn't want any more delay.

The NDP has been highlighting what they call a crisis of chronic low staffing levels and a lack of care standards in some seniors care facilities.

NDP Leader Cam Broten has tabled a private member's bill that would institute minimum standards of care for care homes, including appropriate staff-to-resident ratios, but it hasn't been supported by the Saskatchewan Party government.

The government says the Health Department is still in the process of gathering the information from the 2015 tours.

They say there are still two health regions that have not completed their tours — Mamawetan Churchill River and Keewatin Yatthe health regions — due to the forest fire situation earlier this summer.

Health Minister Dustin Duncan said when that is complete, the results will be released.



The Canadian Press