NZ - Fluoridation to be under the realm of district health boards as Govt introduces new legislation
Marion van Dijk
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has introduced new legislation to change the way decisions are made around the fluoridation of town water supplies.
The Government has moved to transfer the decision-making power over fluoridation of regional water supplies to district health boards.
New legislation has been put before Parliament to remove the authority from district councils, which could come under intense pressure from opposition groups against fluoridation.
It was a health issue, and so was best decided by DHBs, said Health Minister Jonathan Coleman.
He and Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne announced the legislation on Thursday, saying New Zealand had high rates of preventable tooth decay.
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