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HWB fluoride milk plan pushed back


23 September 2013

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A health and wellbeing board’s (HWBs) plans to introduce fluoride into school milk have been pushed back by a council leader. 
Blackpool Council’s opposition leader has said parents should be invited to a public meeting to make up their own minds. 
Last month the local HWB agreed to consult with schools to introduce dental milk for primary school aged children. 
But Councillor Tony Williams said adding fluoride “falls far short” of tackling the problem. 

A health and wellbeing board’s (HWBs) plans to introduce fluoride into school milk have been pushed back by a council leader. 
Blackpool Council’s opposition leader has said parents should be invited to a public meeting to make up their own minds. 
Last month the local HWB agreed to consult with schools to introduce dental milk for primary school aged children. 
But Councillor Tony Williams said adding fluoride “falls far short” of tackling the problem. 
He said: “Better school dental programs should also be introduced with an increase in school visits from NHS dentists and oral hygiene specialists.
“Most school children in Blackpool are now eating two breakfasts a day with the school serving including starch and syrup. Children should be allowed and encouraged to brush their teeth in school after every meal.”
Cabinet member for health, Councillor Ivan Taylor said: “The council has not yet decided whether this is a scheme it wants to introduce. The board discussed this and recommended it by an overwhelming majority.
“We will be testing the opinion of schools and anyone else that’s interested.”

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