You can access information on NHS Patients Rights on the Citizens Advice Bureau website or by visiting your local office.
The Care Quality Commission
Right to a GP
Choosing a GP
Registering with a GP
Treatment from a GP
Removal of patient from GP register
If you move out of a Gps area
NHS 111 and NHS Choices
Rights to hospital treatment
Seeing a consultant
Hospital waiting lists
Care in hospital
Using mobile phones in NHS hospitals
Paying for treatment not available on NHS - "top-up payments."
Financial help for hospital patients
Discharge from hospital
Right to refuse treatment
Right to die
Removal of organs after death
Access to medical reports and health records
Information about NHS services
Information on your local healthcare provider
The NHS belongs to us all
The NHS is there for us from the moment we are born. It takes care of us and our family members when we need it most.
The NHS Constitution has been created to protect the NHS and make sure it will always do the things it was set up to do in 1948 – to provide high-quality healthcare that’s free and for everyone.
No government can change the Constitution without the full involvement of staff, patients and the public. The Constitution is a promise that the NHS will always be there for you.
What is the NHS Constitution?
For the first time in the history of the NHS, the constitution brings together in one place details of what staff, patients and the public can expect from the National Health Service. It also explains what you can do to help support the NHS, help it work effectively, and help ensure that its resources are used responsibly.
The Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient. These rights cover how patients access health services, the quality of care you’ll receive, the treatments and programmes available to you, confidentiality, information and your right to complain if things go wrong.
Rights and pledges
One of the primary aims of the Constitution is to set out clearly what patients, the public and staff can expect from the NHS and what the NHS expects from them in return.
Your Right to Choice in the NHS
Everyone who is cared for by the NHS in England has formal rights to make choices about the service that they receive.
These include the right to choose a GP surgery, to state which GP you'd like to see, to choose which hospital you're treated at, and to receive information to support your choices.
These rights form part of the NHS Constitution.
Find out about Free NHS Services
Rights about GP Choice
Right to choose the organisation that pprovides your NHS care
Right to drugs and treatments that have been recommended by NICE
Consent to treatment
The Choice Framework explains when you have a legal right to choice about treatment and care in the NHS. The legal right to choice doesn't apply to all healthcare services, however, where you do not have a legal right to choice you should at least be offered some choices, depending on what’s available locally.