No to Fluoride in West Cumbria
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9th Nov 2013 Ennerdale and Crummock Water are now fluoridated.
Water fluoridation in West Cumbria was established by Cumberland County council at Cornhow treatment works in 1968 and Ennerdale in 1971. The original agreements between the elected County Council and the original water companies have since passed through many bodies and companies but control over any current or proposed fluoridation scheme passed to Public Health England [in reality the Secretary of State for Health] in April 2013.
Water fluoridation as a supposed dental health benefit was introduced without any adequate research or clinical trials. It is a medicine, the intent in using fluoride in water is to affect the body [teeth]. Fluoride's introduction into water, is not equivalent to Chlorine which is used to treat water. Many areas in the UK were proposed for fluoridation schemes in the late 1960's but due to the democractic organisation and control of the authorising bodies, councils and water boards affected by public outrage - few succeeded.
West Cumbria is one of the few communities currently receiving fluoridated water which is being delivered to approximately 6 million people in the UK. Over the five decades that West Cumbrians have been receiving fluoride they have not been consulted or informed about the impact of water fluoridation. They have not been monitored for individual levels of consumption [essential] or its impact upon their health. The corrosive nature of the hexafluorosilic acid used to fluoridate water has meant extensive and expensive [for the taxpayer] refurbishment of dosing plants at the treatment works in Ennerdale and Cornhow. In effect communities served by Cornhow - Cockermouth, Maryport, Apatria and intervening villages have had virtually no fluoride added since 1998 [approx]. Ennerdale serving Whitehaven, Workington etc has received the chemical for a longer period. Both works are currently again being refurbished at a undisclosed cost and are due to resume adding hexafluorosilic acid [fluoride] from summer 2013. Despite decades of national and individual protest the Dental and Health community have failed to act upon the widespread health concerns of water fluoridation that have been validated by international research. The rights of an individual to have control over their personal medication are being ignored. The failure of the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Sally Davies, to adequately inform the Secretary of State [currently Jeremy Hunt] about health concerns or maintain professional patient ethics relating to water fluoridation is now the subject of a formal complaint to the GMC. West Cumbria has also filed a complaint. There are actions on what you can do as an individual or a community on the 'what can we do' page.