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Waikato District Health Board declines theatre-style debate

Waikato District Health Board strongly supports the continued use of water fluoridation in the water supply and strongly advocates for its continued use, chief executive Craig Climo said today.

This view is endorsed by the World Health Organisation, British Medical Association, British Dental Association, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, US Surgeon General, US National Academy of Science, World Dental Federation, Australian National Health and Medical Association, New Zealand Ministry of Health, New Zealand Dental Council, New Zealand Maori Dental Association, New Zealand Medical Association, New Zealand Cancer Society, Plunket and many other international and national experts.

“Waikato DHB will provide information to the public on water fluoridation at the appropriate territorial local authority meetings,” Mr Climo said.

“We do not believe a debate with Paul Connett will provide any additional information to help inform local residents and voters.

“We strongly believe a debate with Mr Connett will minimise the importance of the issue and the need for clear scientific facts and focus instead on a theatre style debate, which will further propagate myths and unscientific reasoning,” he said.

“Representatives from Waikato DHB have had the opportunity to meet Mr Connett here in Hamilton and we present in a number of forums involving the public. We do not believe a further meeting or debate with him will be of any value to residents or voters,” Mr Climo said.

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