Canterbury District Health Board chair, Murray Cleverley says the Board has not made a decision to cut mental health services.
"We will continue to provide the services our community needs. We are in ongoing discussions with the Ministry of Health to ensure we reach a point where we are financially and clinically sustainable," Mr Cleverley says.
"I am incredibly proud of the way our own teams and the many primary and community-based mental health providers have worked to meet the increased demand for mental health services we have experienced in Canterbury since the quakes."
Mr Cleverley says Canterbury DHB is not operating in a business as usual environment.
"And with Sunday's quake, we know the demand for a range of our mental health services is expected to increase further," he says.
Mr Cleverley says one of his biggest concerns is for the wellbeing of staff working across our health system, who have been under incredible pressure for a sustained period of time.
"Many services, particularly those providing treatment, care and support for young people, are at capacity," he says.
"We are committed to continue to provide the best access to mental health services that we can with the funding we have available." ENDS
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