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NHS Constitution - your rights as a patient

What is the NHS Constitution?

The NHS Constitution establishes the principles and values of the NHS in England.

For the first time in the history of the NHS, the constitution brings together in one place details of what staff, patients and the public can expect from the National Health Service. It also explains what you can do to help support the NHS, help it work effectively, and help ensure that its resources are used responsibly.

The Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient. These rights cover how patients access health services, the quality of care you’ll receive, the treatments and programmes available to you, confidentiality, information and your right to complain if things go wrong.

Where to find the NHS Constitution

Download the NHS Constitution from the www.gov.uk website and get more information about your rights as an NHS patient.

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