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More money for post-quake health services

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/04/2017

The government is putting an extra $500,000 into regional health services to help them cope with the effects of the November 14 Kaikoura earthquake.

The money will go to North Canterbury and Marlborough, making sure families can access the services they need, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says.

"We know that after a serious earthquake, people can feel stressed and anxious for a long time after the event," he said on Friday.

"The initial support package was deliberately short term to allow immediate assistance, this boost takes into account the communities' wider needs.

"Feedback shows that the initiative to provide free GP visits in affected areas has proved of great value and I am keen to continue to support this free service."

The additional $500,000 takes the total relief package to $4.26 million.

The extra money will fund:

* $250,000 for free quake-related GP visits in Kaikoura, Hurunui and Marlborough

* $100,000 to further develop the successful All Right? programme

* $100,000 targeted support for Marlborough schools to help strengthen resilience and support for staff and students

* $50,000 for the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand for the North Canterbury and Top of the South Rural Support Trusts to assist people's access to health and well-being activities.

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