09/13/2013 06:21 EDT | Updated 11/13/2013 05:12 EST

P.E.I. says new nurse practitioners will improve health-care access

CHARLOTTETOWN - The P.E.I. government says it has recruited six more nurse practitioners to work in primary care in the province.

The government says the new hires will bring the total number of nurse practitioners on the Island to 11.

Doug Currie says nurse practitioners will help reduce wait times and improve overall access to health care.

Three of the new hires are graduates of the master of nursing program's nurse practitioner stream at the University of Prince Edward Island.

The stream was established in September 2011.

The six new nurse practitioners will be based in locations across the province.