FREDERICTON - The New Brunswick government has announced a $329 million plan to add 354 nursing home beds across the province.

The five-year plan will also see construction and renovations to nursing homes that affect another 859 beds.

Social Development Minister Sue Stultz says the Conservative government is adding 57 more beds while saving $110 million compared with a plan announced by the province's previous Liberal government in 2009.

But Opposition Leader Victor Boudreau says the government is cutting corners on the backs of seniors.

Michael Keating, executive director of the New Brunswick Association of Nursing homes, says he's generally pleased with the announcement but some communities will be disappointed because some new homes have been cancelled and aging facilities will be repaired instead.

The government has also announced the creation of 704 specialized care beds by the private sector for the care of people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Stultz says the specialized facilities will provide more appropriate care while being a less costly alternative to nursing homes.