Indeed he gave the impression at a meeting that he was not in favour of water fluoridation - certainly not until more research was undertaken - a position taken by many. However in a letter (17/6/2010) to the Safe Water Campaign group, of which I am a founder member, he said: "In broad terms I am in favour of the fluoridisation of water. However I am very willing to discuss the matter with you......."
We have had a number of Safe Water Campaign meetings since then and having correspondence with Neil and the Minister - See here. I really am not clear why he seems to have shifted position unless it is because Anne Milton, the Minister, who is so pro-water fluoridation? It makes no sense ethically or in terms of teeth. The evidence just does not stand up - even the Government's own reports show that.
"No physician in his right senses would prescribe for a person he has never met, whose medical history he does not know, a substance which is intended to create bodily change, with the advice: 'Take as much as you like,to but you will take it for the rest of your life because some children suffer from tooth decay. ' It is a preposterous notion."You can sign an e-petition against water fluoridation in Southampton here. 72% of consultation respondents were opposed to the plans but the Strategic Health Authority is going ahead anyway. You need to log onto their site to sign - there is also a paper version that has collected many signatures. If it happens there it will be all the easier to fluoridate Gloucestershire. See here blog re Southampton being used as guinea pigs. See here a leaflet I did some 6 years ago re water fluoridation.
Dr Peter Mansfield, a physician and an advisory board member of the recent government review of fluoridation.