The province’s new Protection for Persons in Care Act will mean increased safety for people in care. The act, which is effective today, Oct. 1, requires administrators and service providers (includes staff and volunteers) of hospitals and licensed residential and care facilities to report all allegations or instances of abuse. “This legislation adds an extra safeguard for people in care,” said Health Minister Chris d’Entremont. “We’re improving patient safety to make our health care system safer for Nova Scotians.” This act is for patients and residents 16 years of age and older who are receiving care from Nova Scotia’s hospitals, residential care facilities, nursing homes, homes for the aged or disabled persons under the Homes for Special Care Act, or group homes or residential centres under the Children and Family Services Act. The regulations and procedures to implement the act were developed by the departments of Community Services and Health in consultation with the Department of Seniors. “The health and safety of Nova Scotians is our number one priority,” said Community Services Minister Judy Streatch. “Everyone has the right to safe, quality care.” For more information on the Protection for Persons in Care Act or to report abuse call 1-800-225-7225, or go to www.gov.ns.ca/health .