Mobile dental clinics pulled out of service
Mobile dental clinics around the country have been pulled from service for testing after high levels of formaldehyde were found in some Canterbury Clinics. The clinics provide dental care for tens of thousands of primary school children around New Zealand. The Canterbury District Health Board conducted tests and found formaldehyde levels three times national health standards. It then alerted other DHB's around the country which have begun their own testing, and several have followed suit by taking mobile clinics out of service. Janice Gemmel is the organiser for the National Union of Public Employees - NUPE - which represents many Canterbury dental staff.