Physicians and Scientists for Global Responsibility
New Zealand Charitable Trust
Formerly Physicians and Scientists for Responsible Genetics New Zealand
PO Box 9446
Dear Member of Parliament
MoH POLICY OF FLUORIDATION OF PUBLIC WATER SUPPLIES
The accompanying paper draws your attention to adverse consequences of the Ministry of Health (MoH) policy of putting industrial-waste forms of fluoride and associated bio-accumulative substances into public water supplies.
The MoH is currently pursuing a Bill that would give statutory powers to its DHBs to require local authorities to insert these bio-accumulative toxins into public water supplies. That Bill has had its first reading in the House.
The purpose of this communication to you is:
- a) to advise you of the adverse consequences to public health of the MoH policy to advance fluoridation of public water supplies;
- b) to advise you that a significant portion of the NZ public has lost confidence in the MoH over this matter alone because the MoH is ignoring relevant risks stemming from its policy;
- c) to advise you that MoH is not acting in the public interest;
- d) to advise you that MoH is acting contrary to the purposes of several existing statutes; and therefore
- e) to advise you that the MoH initiative to invite Parliament to pass its Bill would have the effect of requiring informed local authorities to act unlawfully and not in the public interest.
Thus, the MoH policy and its Bill are absurd constructs when examined against principles of law and principles of statutory interpretation. Furthermore, the MoH did not record in its Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) any of the adverse consequences that are relevant considerations for the MoH policy of requiring fluoridation of public water supplies – and therefore those adverse consequences have not been given any due weight.
The effect of that deficient MoH RIA is therefore to mislead Parliament while inviting it to pass a Bill into statute that will clearly be against the public interest – while making a nonsense of existing statutory purposes which have the intent to protect the safety of people and the NZ environment.
Such MoH conduct therefore clearly breaches the trust that necessarily reposes between the people of New Zealand and the government that is supposed to only act in the public’s best interests. That is a very serious matter.
PSGR therefore recommends that you –
- a) consider carefully the facts contained in this communication;
- b) consider raising these points within your caucus; and
- c) consider raising related questions in the House when the Bill is advanced for a second reading.
- d) apply common sense and logic to your deliberations.
PSGR offers its further authoritative support to you in person and/or to your Party should you wish to pursue this matter further.
M E GODFREY MBBS, FACAM, FACNEM
for Physicians & Scientists for Global Responsibility