NHS England can’t live up to its own Constitution

Over the last couple of weeks I have conducted a short experiment on Twitter and LinkedIn. I posted each of the Principles from the NHS Constitution and then the Values of the NHS. There was a bit of a response, mainly from people who no longer work in the Service. Overall pretty disappointing.

The NHS Constitution can be found here
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england It aims to provide a framework for health and care in England. It’s a good model for any healthcare system. The great sadness is that the NHS in England would rather bury it than see it repeated anywhere. It will not be on the lips of the NHS England CEO or form the basis of any response to recent NHS patient scandals like Gosport. And you should worry about why that might be the case. Despite the NHS Commissioning Board, a forerunner of NHS England creating the constitution in 2013, it’s clear it sets too high a standard for NHS England.

Perhaps there is a lower standard with should hold the NHS. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights should be a low enough bar for NHS England… let’s see.

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