NHS bosses know the health service cannot meet demand and that patients are suffering, but won’t admit it
Is the NHS constitution still worth the paper it’s written on? It’s the nearest thing the health service has to tablets of stone. Its 15 pages enshrine the principles and values that should guide the conduct of the NHS in England. They say “the patient will be at the heart of everything the NHS does” and that, as a tax-funded service, decision-making should be transparent.
Sadly, on both counts, the deeds of a cash-strapped and understaffed service operating in a strange and volatile political environment are increasingly failing to match either the spirit or letter of those fine words.
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