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The NHS Constitution

NHS Constitution logo The NHS Constitution establishes the principles and values of the NHS in England. It sets out rights to which patients, public and staff are entitled, and pledges which the NHS is committed to achieve, together with responsibilities which the public, patients and staff owe to one another to ensure that the NHS operates fairly and effectively. All NHS bodies and private and third sector providers supplying NHS services will be required by law to take account of this Constitution in their decisions and actions.

The Constitution was developed as part of the NHS Next Stage Review led by Lord Darzi. To help ensure that the Constitution would be meaningful and enduring, it was based on evidence of what matters to patients, the public and NHS staff.

For all enquiries in relation to the NHS Constitution please contact:

Barbara Cummings
Director of Non-Clinical Services and Performance Management and Senior Information Risk Owner
Telephone: 01553 613175


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