Plans to mark the 60th birthday of the NHS next year by formalising its core values in a written constitution are to be put to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown by Andy Burnham, the health minister responsible for NHS reform.

Mr Burnham said the constitution could include 10 core principles that were suggested in December by David Nicholson, the NHS chief executive, in a framework document setting out its rules of operation for 2007-08.

Plans to mark the 60th birthday of the NHS next year by formalising its core values in a written constitution are to be put to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown by Andy Burnham, the health minister responsible for NHS reform.

Mr Burnham said the constitution could include 10 core principles that were suggested in December by David Nicholson, the NHS chief executive, in a framework document setting out its rules of operation for 2007-08.