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Health chiefs back fluoride plan

Dentist and child
Critics say fluoride has been linked to health problems

Hampshire health bosses have backed plans to add fluoride to tap water in Southampton and west Hampshire.

Southampton City Primary Care Trust wants the level of fluoride increased to one part per million which it says would cut tooth decay.

Hampshire PCT has put its weight behind the idea but said views of all residents across the county should be taken into account.

Opponents claim fluoride has negative effects on the body.

The 14-week public consultation, which ends in December, is being independently-run by the South Central Strategic Health Authority (SHA) which will make the final decision in February.

If the plans are approved about 200,000 people would be affected.

A Hampshire PCT statement said: "Members accepted the public health benefits of water fluoridation and were assured that the SHA would review all of the latest scientific evidence available when making its decision.

"It was agreed that the board would support the fluoride proposals but ask the SHA to ensure that the views of Hampshire residents were reviewed."

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