11/06/2012 03:38 EST | Updated 01/06/2013 05:12 EST

Nova Scotia minister urges people to call 911 for medical emergencies

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government is reminding residents that they should call 911 for medical emergencies rather than driving to a local emergency room or ambulance station.

A spokesman for Emergency Health Services says driving to a local hospital can cause serious problems if the medical emergency worsens.

As well, Tim Bayers says distracted drivers pose a risk to the public.

Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson — a paramedic for many years — says paramedics should be doing the driving in a medical emergency.

The provincial government says it is making ambulances more accessible to Nova Scotians by waiving fees for people with low incomes.