BOLTON’S Green Party has welcomed plans to cancel a public consultation on fluoridation of Bolton’s water supply.
NHS North West drew up plans for a £200 million fluoridation scheme in 2008.
But, as reported in The Bolton News yesterday, the regional health body is due to be abolished and the fluoridation consultation plans will go with it.
Bolton Greens have long campaigned against fluoridation and leader Alan Johnson said he was pleased the public consultation had been scrapped.
He said: “We have been actively campaigning against this for some time now so we are glad it is back on the shelf.
“We are opposed to it in terms of civil liberties and mass medication.
“People can use fluoride toothpaste if they want. The real problem is a lack of NHS dentists.” The aim of fluoridation is to strengthen people’s teeth and its implementation in the North West would have cost £200 million over six years.
Health chiefs said the annual running costs of the scheme would have been a further £5.78 million.