Fluoride Free New Zealand is concerned with the secrecy surrounding the fluoridation review being led by pro-fluoridationists Peter Gluckman and Prof Skeg.
Given the Ministry of Health’s uncooperative approach to engage in discussion and debate on this issue we are extremely concerned that there has been no transparency around this process. Without transparency any review sanctioned by the government alone without all stakeholders input will result in yet further decay in the trust of the public health system.
The panel which had your approval has been kept secret until Wednesday 13 August 2014 when the ‘review’ was exposed by the Dominion Post. This is the first public exposure of the review yet it has been on-going for months.
Given you gave your explicit approval for the review we are demanding answers to these questions:
1 Who initiated the fluoridation review and when was it initiated?
2 Who approved the fluoridation review?
3 When was the announcement made to the public that the review was taking place?
4 Who has been involved in the fluoridation review being led by Professors Gluckman and Skegg?
5 Were any scientists or other professionals known to be opposed to fluoridation invited to be involved?
6. Who will be asked to peer review the fluoridation review being led by Professors Gluckman and Skegg?
An Official Information Act request has been made regarding these questions.
Fluoride Free New Zealand calls for the secret Government review on fluoridation to be replaced by an independently chaired open public discussion so that full transparency on this issue is achieved.
Fluoride Free New Zealand