Sask. NDP wants bill of rights for long-term care residents

The opposition in Saskatchewan says residents of long-term care homes need a bill of rights. The government says it's something it hasn't ruled out.

The opposition in Saskatchewan says residents of long-term care homes need a bill of rights.

It's an issue the NDP has been raising for several months, and something that was recommended earlier this year by the province's law reform commission.

It said such a bill would help enshrine the basic civil rights of residents in long-term care. 

"It would help establish the floor so that if someone is being forced to soil themselves, someone's being forced to wear diapers when they can actually get to a bathroom if the help is there, it could be something that the family could use in ensuring that the best possible care is there," said Cam Broten the leader of the  NDP. 

The government said it is already working to fix problems in care homes, without such a bill.

"Obviously what we've talked about over the last number of months, wanting to move down that road, ensuring that we're putting patients and our residents first in terms of their care," said Dustin Duncan, Saskatchewan's health minister.

Duncan said he will meet with those involved in providing long-term care next week.

He said if they think a 'bill of rights' is a priority for residents, it may be something the government will consider. 

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