6 May 2011

Lymington Times - Fresh petition launched to stop fluoride scheme

Fresh petition launched to stop fluoride scheme
ANTI-FLUORIDE campaigners are gathering names for a fresh petition against the controversial chemical being added to their drinking water.
The NHS scheme will affect 190,000 people in the Southampton area, including 8,000 in Totton. Objectors have branded it "forced medication" and claimed unhealthy side-effects.
It was approved by the South Central Strategic Health Authority (SHA) last year as a way of reducing child tooth decay, but was opposed by New Forest and Hampshire councils.
The new petition is being compiled to persuade Southampton City Council to formally reverse its vote in 2008 to support the scheme, although it later backed a referendum.
The petition for outlying areas said: "We live outside the city but will be affected by this decision. We also ask that when it assumes responsibility for public health, the council will not implement a fluoridation scheme."
The SHA is due to be disbanded in March 2012 under the government's NHS reforms and local authorities given responsibility for fluoride
The Hampshire Against Fluoride campaign hopes that if implementation is delayed beyond then, its petition will help force the city council to shut down the scheme. The deadline for signatures is June 17th.
It said; "Adding fluoride to the water supply is unethical because it constitutes mass medication without consent. The council has not taken into consideration the most up-to-date evidence of the impact of water fluoridation."
On Wednesday 427 people had signed the online petition www.southampton.gov.uk/modf gov/mgepetitiondisplay.aspx?ID=
Last year opponents gathered 15,000-name petition against fluoride and during consultation 7: of responses objected, although Mori poll for the SHA showed only 38%against.
Totton and Eling Town Council trying to delay the scheme with legal bid to redefine fluoride officia as a medicine. A hearing is also d on June 16th in the Court of Appeal against the High Court's ruling that the original consultation was fair.

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