Thursday, 15 September 2016, 11.00 am
Press Release: Andrew Buckley
It’s not about water fluoridation, it’s about democracy
As a member of the Waikato District Health Board I believe it is my job to ask hard questions and hold our system to account. Board members, both elected and appointed, are there to ensure that a good process is followed so that the best decisions can be made. At our DHB, and apparently at others around New Zealand, I believe that we sometimes lose sight of the right process. As a result, I believe decisions are being made without having all of the relevant facts at hand.
In a democracy such as ours it should not fall to individual DHB board members to highlight failures. The community trusts elected representatives to make good decisions, but in the absence of sound and comprehensive evidence it is impossible to do anything other than rubber-stamp the opinion of someone else.
I believe in due process. I believe in evidence-based decision making. I believe that the comprehensive information needs to be discussed critically and with maturity and objectivity and with a focus on what’s best for the population of the Waikato. I believe that we need to make decisions based on long-term sustainability. I believe that the members of our community deserve to have their voices heard at the DHB board table.
For more on this subject please visit http://www.andrewbuckley.co.nz/issues
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