A CONSULTATION on whether fluoride should be added to the water supply in Bolton could be held as early as next year.
A report compiled by the Fluoride Evaluation Group is being sent to each of the North-west’s 24 primary care trusts.
It outlines four possible schemes — costing between £35 million and £102 million — to add fluoride to the water supply, and all of them include Greater Manchester.
A Primary Care Trust spokesman said: “Bolton PCT will examine the evidence presented in the report, alongside local data on oral health needs and in the context of our existing strategy to improve oral health locally.
“It is important to stress we are still some way from a decision even on whether to consult on fluoridation.”