Sask. party votes against NDP seniors care bill

The Sask. Party government voted against Bill 609, The Residents in Care Bill of Rights Act, which would have required the government to establish minimum quality of care standards for seniors care homes throughout the province.

"How on earth can the Sask. Party government fail to see that there's a seniors care crisis in our province?" said NDP health critic Danielle Chartier, who introduced the bill. "A significant part of the problem in seniors care is this government’s elimination of minimum care standards that has led to understaffing, underfunding and absolutely unacceptable treatment of our parents and grandparents. That needs to stop. I'm so disappointed that this government refused to take this important step today."
 
Over the past two-and-a-half years, seniors in care, their families, front-line staff and the NDP have spoken out against the shocking lack of basic care, rooted in understaffing problems in facilities throughout the province.