04 February 2010

Supporting the NHS Constitution

The NHS Constitution sets out a ten-year plan to provide the highest quality of care and service for people in England and inform staff, service users and public what they can expect from the NHS.

As well as capturing the purpose, principles and values of the NHS, the Constitution brings together a number of rights, pledges and responsibilities for staff and patients alike. These rights and responsibilities are the result of extensive discussions and consultations with staff, patients and public and all over the country.  

The Constitution has now become law, which means all providers and commissioners of NHS care are under a new legal obligation to have regard to the Constitution in all their decisions and actions. 

You can read more about how the Constitution affects us as individuals by clicking here to read the interactive guide.

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