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NHS Constitution

Updated Information on NHS Constitution - November 2012

The Department of Health has launched a public consultation on strengthening the NHS Constitution. Proposals, which reflect advice from the NHS Future Forum, include greater clarity on patient involvement covering end of life care, same-sex wards and refusing access to abusive patients. They also cover new staff responsibilities around openness about mistakes, acknowledging complaints, and delivering compassionate care. The deadline for staff and the public to respond is 28 January 2013. For further information go to:

The NHS Constitution has been created to protect the NHS and make sure it will always do the things it was set up to do in 1948 - to provide high-quality healthcare that’s free and for everyone.

No Government will be able to change the Constitution, without the full involvement of staff, patients and the public. The Constitution is a promise that the NHS will always be there for you.

You can download the NHS Constitution by clicking on documents in the right hand column.


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