09/26/2014 10:31 EDT | Updated 11/26/2014 05:59 EST

P.E.I. government invests $3.7 million to help cut pediatric services wait times

CHARLOTTETOWN - Prince Edward Island's health minister says the government will spend $3.7 million over five years to help children with complex medical needs.

Doug Currie says there is a growing demand for pediatric services, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and autism assessments.

He says early access to those services is key in a child's development, and the investment should help reduce wait times for families.

The government is also establishing a co-ordinator's position for children with complex health needs to help parents navigate the system.