The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) are now seeking views on how best to change the NHS Constitution. This consultation is part of the process to complete the 10 year review, as legislated for in the Health Act 2009.

What is the NHS Constitution?

The NHS Constitution sets out the principles, values, rights and pledges underpinning the NHS as a comprehensive health service, free at the point of use for all who need it.

It empowers patients, staff and the public to know and exercise their rights in order to help drive improvements in quality, efficiency and responsiveness throughout the NHS. It brings together, in one place, existing rights as set out in various legislation. It does not, in itself, create new rights or replace existing ones.

Have your say

The NHS Constitution applies to all those who use its many services, its staff and providers. During this consultation exercise, the DHSC want to hear people’s views to help them define and enshrine the values of the NHS for years to come.

Take part in the consultation


Published on 28 May

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