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England's NHS constitution to set out healthcare standards

The Independent, December 4, 2008

England's National Health Service will have its first constitution that will set out the rights and responsibilities linked to entitlement to NHS care. The Bill will place a duty on all providers and commissioners of state healthcare to take it into account. The Bill, to be published by Health Secretary Alan Johnson, will also allow the further development of "personalized" health services and direct payments for healthcare.