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Rotorua MP Todd McClay says increases in health funding has seen the addition of 33 registered nurses working in mental health and addictions services for Lakes DHB in the last 5 years.

“Mental health and addiction is an issue that has been raised with me in the electorate so I’m pleased the Government has responded by employing more nurses,” Mr McClay says.

Mr McClay said that Lakes DHB nurses and allied health staff worked exceptionally hard and this increase from 55 to 88 mental health and addiction services nurses has meant that more people on Rotorua have received assistance.

"I'm grateful to these staff for the care that they provide," Mr McClay says.

“This year the Lakes DHB will also receive an extra $15 million in new funding to take its overall funding to $322 million in 2016/17.”

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