Nova Scotia's Health Minister says the Health Authority has a handle on the needs of rural Nova Scotia.
Randy Delorey says the authority faces challenges from urban and rural centres and are working to meet those needs.
He feels they're on the right course to address the ongoing ER closures at Roseway Hospital in Shelburne.
"Individual physicians in the community aren't providing the ER coverage for the emergency department so it does rely on locum or temporary physicians coming in. That work continues.
Delorey says the challenges in urban and rural centres may present themselves differently, but the needs are similar.
He says while some issues have arisen from the creation of the Health Authority, overall he feels it is on track to address ongoing health care concerns in the province.
"We are seeing improvements in our system that could not and would not have taken place if this restructuring did not take place."
Delorey says the authority has only been in existence for two years, and it's understandable that growing pains come with a new system.