28 March 2013

Updated NHS Constitution

An updated NHS Constitution has been published following a consultation that sought views on a number of proposed changes.

Click here for more information on the changes, in areas including:

  • patient involvement
  • feedback
  • duty of candour
  • end of life care
  • integrated care
  • complaints
  • patient information
  • staff rights, responsibilities and commitments
  • dignity, respect and compassion

Some technical amendments have also been made to ensure that the NHS Constitution is up-to-date for the introduction of the new health and care system in April. In addition, as part of the initial Government response to the report into the failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust by Robert Francis QC, the Constitution has been changed to reflect that the NHS's most important value is for patients to be at the heart of everything the NHS does.

To accompany the updated NHS Constitution, the Government has also published a revised Handbook to the NHS Constitution, which explains the rights, pledges and responsibilities in more detail; and the Government's response to the consultation on the NHS Constitution.

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