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Fluoridation

Volume 707: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the South Central Strategic Health Authority, in conducting a public consultation on the desirability of a water fluoridation scheme under the Water Act 2003, should have followed the provision of Criterion 2.3 of the Cabinet Office guidelines on consultation that “as far as possible, consultation should be completely open, with no options ruled out”, given that other approaches to improving dental health are available. [HL1282]

In the document Public Consultation on the Proposal for Water Fluoridation in Southampton and Parts of South West Hampshire, South Central SHA indicates that Southampton PCT was prompted to request a consultation after alternative options such as “education on tooth brushing and using a fluoride toothpaste and the importance of having a healthy diet” had not proved successful. I consider this meets with the Cabinet Office guidelines.