Sask. NDP continues campaign trail with promise to improve long-term care homes

With just under two weeks until the provincial election, the Saskatchewan NDP continues its campaign, promising on Tuesday to improve standards at long term-care homes if elected.

“Our loved ones deserve quality, dignified care, but Scott Moe’s cuts have led to overwhelmed facilities and overrun frontline staff,” said New Democratic candidate for Saskatoon Fairview Vicki Mowat in a news release. “Underfunding long-term care is bad at the best of times – during a pandemic, it’s downright dangerous, putting residents and workers at risk.”

In a release on Tuesday morning, the NDP said that in 2011 the Sask. Party scrapped standards that were in place.

According to the NDP long term care has also gotten more expensive during the Sask. Party’s time in government as well, with fees being raised for half of all residents by as much as $600 per month.

If elected the NDP say they will establish minimum standards for direct care hours with each resident in long term care.

The party says that will be possible by the previous commitment made by the party to hire hundreds more doctors, nurses and continuing care assistants.

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