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The Health and Care Act 2022 provides powers for the Secretary of State to introduce, vary and terminate community water fluoridation schemes.

'Faster, simpler and fairer: our plan to recover and reform NHS dentistry' sets out a focus on prevention of tooth decay. This includes the long-term ambition to systematically bring water fluoridation to more of the country, with a particular focus on the most deprived areas, which stand to benefit most.

Before using these powers, public consultation is required on the proposal.

We are consulting on a proposal to request the relevant water company to enter into new fluoridation arrangements, and to vary existing agreements, in order to expand community water fluoridation schemes across the north east of England. This is because of the significant and long-standing inequalities in the region and is part of the government’s plan to improve dental health. 

You can find details on our proposal and whether you are affected in the full consultation document (link below).

The deadline for responding to the consultation has been extended until 11:59pm on 31 July 2024. Please review the full consultation page before completing this survey.

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