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Patients: Human Rights

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress (a) Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals, (b) Northwick Park Hospital and (c) the Royal Free Hospital have made towards fulfilment of their statutory duties in respect of the human rights of their patients; and if he will make a statement. (296599)

We are advised by the London Strategic Health Authority that Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust, North West London Hospitals NHS Trust and Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust have human rights policies in place.

“The NHS Constitution”, published in January 2009, has established the principles and values of the national health service in England. A copy has already been placed in the Library. It makes it clear that NHS organisations have a duty to each and every individual that they serve and must respect their human rights.