By law, we are required to take into account the NHS Constitution in all our decisions and actions. The Constitution is renewed every 10 years, and cannot be changed without the full involvement of NHS staff, patients and the public.
The NHS Constitution acts as a ‘Bill of Rights', and sets out principles and values that guide how the NHS acts and makes decisions. It also explains the rights and responsibilities of staff, patients and the public, and the NHS' pledges to them.
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The NHS Constitution:
The NHS constitution:
The rights and pledges are detailed under the following headings: