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Staff shortages are to blame for problems with nursing homes in New Brunswick, CUPE national representative Gordon Black says.

Black, the rep for the N.B. Council of Nursing Home Unions (CUPE Local 1251), hopes the government will act on the provincial auditor generals recommendations to tighten up nursing home licensing, regulation and enforcement.

The recently released report says nursing homes in the province rarely meet all the legal requirements for care standards.

Nursing homes have difficulty meeting the standards due to the fact that staff are constantly stretched to the limit, Black said.

The nursing home workers are devoted to the elders, he added. But help is needed now or the system will not survive. We need more front-line staff.