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Judge backs city fluoride plan

Thursday February 17th 2011

The High Court has dismissed a legal claim over a health authority's plans to add fluoride to tap water in Southampton.

Local resident Geraldine Milner had called for a judicial review of the plans by The South Central Strategic Health Authority.

But Mr Justice Holman rejected claims that the decision-making was "defective" and dismissed her legal challenge.

The South Central Strategic Health Authority (SCSHA) used statutory powers to instruct Southern Water, the local water provider, to go ahead with fluoridation in February 2009.

Other local authorities had put other fluoridation schemes on hold pending the outcome of the case.

The British Dental Association (BDA) welcomed the decision.

Professor Damien Walmsley, scientific adviser, said: "The BDA is pleased with the result because it is likely to encourage consultation on similar schemes in other parts of the country where fluoride could help address the poor dental health of the population.

"A recent European summary of the latest scientific evidence reiterated the view that water fluoridation is a safe and effective method of reducing oral health inequalities."

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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