Health Minister Dustin Duncan says he is appalled at allegations of abuse at the Santa Maria Seniors’ Home in Regina.
The allegations are currently the subject of two investigations, one by Regina police and the other by the provincial government.
At least two employees of the home are accused of assaulting a senior.
They have been suspended.
Police will not comment on the investigation except to confirm they have a video of the incident.
Duncan wants to get to the bottom of it.
He says the government has zero tolerance for the abuse of seniors.
“We take this very, very seriously,” he says. “I think it’s appropriate that the Regina city police have been brought into this and not withstanding the outcome of the police investigation, this type of treatment of a resident will not be tolerated.”
Duncan is hoping meet with the board of the Santa Maria nursing home sometime this week.
He says he has not yet seen the video of the alleged assault but he does plan to view it.
The NDP opposition has been calling for the establishment of an independent seniors’ advocate.
The party is also calling on the government to take quick action on this latest allegation of abuse at the home.