On 21.01.09 the Secretary of State unveiled a legally binding constitution. As well as capturing the purpose, principles and values of the NHS, the Department considers the Constitution brings together in one place the rights, pledges and responsibilities of both staff and patients. The Constitution includes rights for patients to receive information about free NHS treatment available in England, allowing patients to be treated in other EU countries in some circumstances and giving patients a choice of GP practice.

Further details can be found at:

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Healthcare/NHSConstitution/index.htm

Department of Health 21.01.09