25 Jun 2009

Daily Echo Comment

Arrogance of health bosses ignoring the PM
SO now we know that when the Prime Minister says a decision on fluoride should be up to local people, what he really means is only if they agree with health chiefs. Gordon Brown told this paper earlier this year that local opinion counted in the debate over whether the chemical should be added to Southampton's water supply. A 15,000-name petition calling for the project to be scrapped was even handed in to Number 10 only last week. Yet today this paper reveals how the Department of Health has no qualms whatsoever in riding roughshod over the opinion of the people, their MPs - both of whom have called for the plan to be shelved - and even the PM. In a display of arrogance this whole debate has reached new levels.
The whole health establishment has shown itself to be unable to listen to the public -and afraid to put this matter to a real vote.

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