This Act, which received Royal Assent on 12 November 2009, includes:

  • measures to place a duty on all NHS bodies, private sector and third sector providers of NHS services to have regard to the NHS Constitution
  • pilot direct payments to give patients greater choice and control over their health care
  • introduce powers to de-authorise Foundation Trusts in certain exceptional circumstances and reform pharmacy services.

Department of Health 13 November 2009.