Alan (postman prat) Johnson’s (Health Secretary and future leader of Her Majesty's Loyal opposition) has announced plans to have fluoride added to water throughout the country in an attempt to improve everyone’s dental health.
At present, about 10% of
It’s all about trying to tackle ‘health inequalities’. Apparently everyone in
He doesn’t say whether the views of the consultation will be taken into account though.
And how will the judgement be made as to whether an area has assented to the introduction of fluoride into their water supply.
I was under the impression that everyone had to consent to being given medication.
That said there is a political logic to this. As our masters have spectacularly failed to provide the promised access to and availability of NHS dentists perhaps they are hoping that this will make some of the problem go away.
And where does it stop? Statins added to prevent heart problems. Omega 3 added to help in the meeting of University admission targets, Beta blockers added in the run up to elections or during a run on a bank?
And of course the long term effects of fluoridation are still unclear. But lets not worry about that and lets go ahead and pump everyone full of a poison anyway.
It’s easier to do that than expecting people to take responsibility for their own diets and to find out how to brush their and their children’s teeth adequately.