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'The funding cut is a myth' - John Key happy with levels of post-quake mental health funding for Christchurch

The Prime Minister believes Christchurch is receiving enough funding for mental health patients.

Today marks five years since a 6.3 magnitude quake struck Christchurch, killing 185 people.

This sparked a surge in Cantabrians requiring mental health treatment and the government responded by injecting millions into Christchurch mental health with $3.75 million budgeted for psychological services in 2015/16.

John Key praised the rebuild progress on TVNZ's Breakfast this morning and said Cantabrians aren't and won't be missing out on mental health treatment.

"The funding cut is a myth, it's just not true," he said.

When asked why funding for psychological services has decreased from 1.6 million to $200,000, Key said: "Where people back fill numbers is they say as a ratio of the population to mental health services, you're putting in less money."

He said the city's population has increased post-quake, with many not requiring mental health treatment.

"Yes there is a demand for mental health services, yes that was a thing that spiked after the aftershock last week," Mr Key said.

"Yes the government is constantly talking to them and we will put in even more money but it's just not true, we've put in over 16 billion in the health system in general and we're putting more money into Christchurch than we ever have before."

The PM says the myth of cuts to Christchurch mental health funds is false. Source: Breakfast