I SEE that the Southampton Local Involvement Network are offering a free buffet to members of the public who register and turn up at the Novotel Hotel on Thursday October 22 so that they can be consulted about the future provision of health and social services in the city.
I really hope that the event is a success. Unfortunately, the long dark shadow that rests over any such consultation is the feeling that this is just a process, that any views expressed will not make a difference. In going against public opinion on the issue of fluoride in tap water, the Strategic Health Authority have caused untold damage to any future consultation about health. The sooner this unelected body realises the damage they have caused, the better.