Behold, The First NHS Constitution!

The first NHS Constitution for England has been created through a collaborative approach of consultation, discussion and research with NHS staff as well as patients, the public and stakeholders.

The NHS Constitution sets out the purpose, principles and values of the NHS, as well as bringing together a number of rights, pledges and responsibilities for all staff and patients.
In short from the BBC:

 NHS Constitution

 

A right to makes choices about care and to information to help exercise that choice

A new legal right to receive the vaccinations that the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recommends

A right making explicit entitlement to drugs and treatments that have been recommended by NICE for use in the NHS

A right to expect local decisions on funding of other drugs and treatments to be made rationally following a proper consideration of the evidence

Clear and comprehensive rights to complaint and redress

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