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Consultation on strengthening the NHS Constitution – implications for local authorities

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This policy briefing by the Local Government Information Unit summarises proposals to strengthen the NHS Constitution so it is more responsive to the needs of patients and the public and can be better used to hold the NHS to account. The consultation is particularly pertinent in light of the most recent set of damning reports about poor care and complaint handling in some NHS services.

There are several issues of relevance to local authorities in these proposals. In particular, one of the new measures involves extending the application of the NHS Constitution to local authorities in their new public health functions.  This could have complex and possibly challenging consequences, some of which are considered in the comments section of this briefing.

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