09/19/2012 10:48 EDT | Updated 11/19/2012 05:12 EST

Pool of physicians to be created to serve ER shifts in rural Nova Scotia

HALIFAX - A pool of physicians available to fill emergency room shifts in rural Nova Scotia will be created under a program announced today.

Health Minister David Wilson says the emergency department coverage program will improve access to ERs in the province's smaller communities.

To take part in the program, physicians must have appropriate clinical training and experience to match each designated facility.

Doctors must also agree to keep current commitments to ERs where they regularly provide service.

The program is estimated to cost $200,000 this year.