South Central SHA's decision to fluoridate Southampton's tap water is dangerous, undemocratic, potentially illegal and a 'sticking plaster with side effects solution'. Southampton Primary Care Trust has failed to provide adequate NHS dentistry for its residents as a Freedom of Information request revealed that 76% of its NHS dentists are not taking new patients. Other dentistry data released today has shown that less than half of adults are using NHS dentists and the proportion of children accessing NHS dentistry in Southampton has fallen by 2.4% over the past two years.
Trying to fixing NHS dentistry problems by un-ethical and potentially illegal mass medication is simply wrong. Southampton needs to fix its access to dentistry. Only having 24% of its dental practices taking on new patients means that many poorer people are forced to go without dental care. Today's statistics have also shown the proportion of children accessing NHS dental care has fallen by 2.4% over the past two years. Despite this appallingly poor level of provision in Southampton, the local NHS has opted for a sicking plaster with side effects solution.
Fluoridating water is one way of medicating people without their permission, and the European Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine distinctly states that individuals have the right not to be medicated without their consent. Fluoride has well documented and dangerous side effects, it is wrong to expose people to these against their will. This appalling decision also seems to have been taken without any regard for the voice of local people, the majority of whom were opposed to mass medication with fluoride.
1. FOI response to the Green Party dated 3rd Feb 2009 showed that of
Southampton PCT's 25 NHS dental practices only 6 were accepting new
patients in December 2008.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The Greens reiterated their concerns about the legal uncertainties that relatives face. The Green Party supports a clear, safe and open framework for people to be able to make decisions about when and where their life ends.
Stuart Jeffery, health spokesperson for the Green Party of England & Wales, said today: "The lack of a coherent framework for assisted suicide in this country is causing fear and misery for many people.
"With families breaking the law by helping their loved ones attend clinics such as Dignitas, the UK's arcane laws are a real threat even though no one has yet been prosecuted.
"This law puts undue pressure on people already facing a difficult decision. Who would want to relieve their own suffering in the knowledge that their loved ones could end up in jail?"
Mr Jeffery, who is a registered nurse, continued, "People with terminal illnesses should be able to make clear and rational judgements on when and where their lives end, provided there is a clear framework of safeguards to prevent abuse. These safeguards must include a cooling off period, independent assessments, counselling and discussion of alternatives, and ensuring that illnesses such as depression are treated so that they do not impinge on the decision."
Protect the vulnerable
He concluded: "We must have a clear legal framework in this country to overturn the bizarre and damaging system that currently exists. We must have a system that protects the vulnerable and ensures that needs and wishes are met."
Sunday, February 15, 2009
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LINKs MEMBERS
NALM AGM and Conference will be held on April 2nd 2009
Woburn House, near Euston Station in London
10.30 am Launch – Professor Sir Cyril Chantler, Chair King’s Fund
10.45 am Stephen O’Brien MP, Shadow Minister for Health
11.00 am Baroness Young, Chair, Care Quality Commission
11.15 am David Pink, Chief Executive, National Voices
11.30 am Stuart Jeffery, Health Spokesperson, Green Party
11.45 am Open Forum –LINks members Contributions and questions to speakers
12.15 pm to 1.00pm Workshops led by LINks members
2.00pm LINk Member – name to be confirmed
2.15pm Graham Box, Chief Executive, National Ass for Patient Participation
2.30pm Sue Slipman, Director, Foundation Trust Network, NHS Confederation
2.45pm Peter Walsh, Chief Executive, Action Against Medical Accidents
3.00pm Open Forum – LINks members contributions and questions to speakers
3.30 – 4.30pm AGM