10/06/2014 07:32 EDT | Updated 12/06/2014 05:59 EST

Nova Scotia to strike committee to examine PTSD assistance for emergency workers

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia Health Minister Leo Glavine says the government is prepared to strike an all-party legislative committee to examine ways to assist police officers, paramedics and other emergency responders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Glavine says the idea would be to find concrete ways to provide support to emergency workers and volunteer responders.

He says the committee would report to the government before next spring's session of the legislature.

NDP health critic Dave Wilson says he's willing to work with the government, but believes the information is available to do something sooner rather than later.

The New Democrats have introduced a bill calling for all current and former emergency responders to receive automatic coverage for PTSD under Workers Compensation.

Currently, emergency workers must prove they've acquired PTSD on the job and apply for care within a year of the traumatic event that caused their symptoms.