The NHS Constitution brings together in one place what patients and the public can expect from the NHS.
The NHS belongs to us all. As well as capturing the purpose, principles and values of the NHS, the Constitution brings together a number of rights, pledges and responsibilities for staff and patients alike. These rights and responsibilities are the result of extensive discussions and consultations with staff, patients and members of the public and it reflects what matters to them.
The government has a legal duty to review the Constitution every 10 years and will not be able to change it without the full involvement of staff, patients and the public.
All NHS bodies and private and third sector providers supplying NHS services will be required by law to take account of this Constitution. NHS Oldham CCG will make sure that any decisions and actions taken will be in line with the NHS Constitution.
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. It includes targets related to the following areas:
- Referral to treatment times
- Waiting times for diagnostic tests
- Accident and Emergency waiting times
- Cancer waiting times
- Ambulance waiting times
- Mixed sex accommodation breaches
- Cancelled operations
- Mental health measures.
For more information about the NHS Constitution can be found here
For targets contained in the Handbook which accompanies the Constitution click here