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NHS: Constitution

Volume 707: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government when the term “constitution” was first used in relation to the document now known as the NHS Constitution; whom they consulted before deciding to use the term “constitution”; what consideration was given to how the British public understand the term “constitution”; and what other terms were considered. [HL1169]

When announcing the launch of the NHS next-stage review, on 4 July 2007 (col. 963), my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Health said that the review would also look at the case for a new NHS constitution.

A Consultation on the NHS Constitution, published on 30 June 2008 alongside the final report of the NHS next-stage review, explained how the draft NHS Constitution was developed, drawing on an extensive programme of research and informal consultation. This was then followed by full public consultation, before the final NHS Constitution was published on 21 January 2009.

A copy of A Consultation on the NHS Constitution has been placed in the Library and it may also be found at www.dh.gov.uk/en/consultations/closed consultations/DH_085812.