NHS constitution

Jeremy Hunt

NHS mandate confirms flagship waiting targets on hold

The government’s instructions for the NHS in 2018-19 confirm that flagship waiting time targets for planned and emergency care remain on hold.


Year-plus elective waiters at highest number since 2012

The number of patients waiting more than a year for an elective procedure is at its highest since August 2012, new data reveals.

money efficiency

NHS England: Waiting targets will be missed without cuts to other services

NHS England has warned that elective waiting time standards “will not be fully funded and met” next year unless there are cuts to services such as mental health, cancer and primary care.

Nurse and clip board and patient

Leading trusts defy NHS England over 'out of area' referrals

Teaching hospitals are continuing to refuse ‘out of area’ referrals in defiance of new rules from NHS England.

Daniel Poulter

Government wades into Birmingham referrals row

The government has waded into the row between a leading foundation trust and a group of commissioners after closing its doors to “out of area” referrals for routine care

Ed Miliband

Miliband announces £2.5bn NHS 'time to care fund'

Labour party leader Ed Miliband today announced it would introduce a “£2.5bn NHS Time to Care Fund”, increasing health service funding at a greater rate than at present, if he formed a government next year.

MPs' warning over waiting time data

NHS England is failing to collect “consistent, complete and accurate” waiting times figures from trusts, according to an influential committee of MPs.

Jeremy Taylor

Expert group: Leave Francis constitution amendments 'till later'

An expert group set up to review the future of the NHS Constitution has rejected the Francis report’s recommendation the document should be rewritten and has instead said the government should focus on making sure it was “publicised, embedded and applied”.

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Neil Churchill

Individual responsibility has been neglected, says NHS England director

Individuals’ responsibility for their own health and use of the NHS has been underemphasised and should be made more visible by NHS England, the organisation’s patient experience director has told HSJ.

Robert Francis

Francis highlights problems with 'culture' and targets

Robert Francis QC has criticised elements of the “culture” of the NHS and Department of Health, including overly tough performance management.


End of life care controversy leads to constitution amendment

The Department of Health inserted a passage into the revised NHS constitution in response to a recent controversy about end of life care, sources close to the changes have told HSJ.

Steve Field

Revised NHS Constitution emphasises staff rights and 'duty of candour'

A planned revision to the NHS constitution would place a stronger emphasis on creating a “supportive open culture” among staff, ahead of the Francis report into failings in care at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust.


New NHS constitution rules proposed

New commitments on end-of-life care and single-sex wards are set to be included in the NHS constitution, under proposals unveiled today.

Constitution review set to promote compassion and evidence-based commissioning

Constitution review set to promote compassion and evidence-based commissioning

A government-commissioned review is likely to recommend all new nurses and healthcare assistants are screened for their values and ability to be compassionate.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley

'Budget for health' to set out future ambitions

Andrew Lansley hopes to establish an annual “budget for health” which will become the parliamentary set piece debate on the service.

Andrew Lansley at Confed 2009

Government launches NHS Constitution review

The government is today launching a review of the NHS Constitution, part of which will be carried out by a new NHS Future Forum group.

King's Fund chief executive Chris Ham

'Warm words' insufficient to drive integration, ministers warned

One of the leading proponents of integrated care has called for the government to go further than its “warm words” made in response to the NHS Future Forum.

Two nurses pushing hospital trolley through corridor

Monitor examines FTs' patient guarantees loophole

Monitor has revealed it is examining a potential loophole that could allow foundation trusts to escape the patient guarantees laid out in the NHS constitution.

A whistle

NHS whistleblowers to get better protection

Greater protection for whistleblowers in the health service will be a kep part of a changed NHS Constitution, according to UK health secretary Andrew Lansley.