NHS Constitution became law 2 days ago !!

I was asked for a comment about the NHS Constition today – had to give it some real thought  because I think the NHS Constitution is a great first step to recognising the real sense of ownership alot of patients feel towards the NHS. We feel passionately about our local Hospitals and the Clinicians & Nurses who look after us. But sometimes patients can feel lost because the NHS is such a huge machine with a life of it’s own, so many different organisations each with their own policies, guidelines and initiatives and it’s easy to feel individual patients to feel they don’t matter anymore.

As a survivor of Kidney Cancer, I have so much to thank the NHS for and I do so on a daily basis . Kidney cancer is a type of cancer which is difficult to treat and I’ve received all my treatment from the NHS which cared me during my illness. But I know other cancer patients who have been let down because “the system” is seen to be more important than the patient. The Constitution needs to be matched by actions at the coal face in GP surgeries, Hospitals and PCT’s and organisations like N I C E.

Patients need to know their views are valued – no more box ticking .

Ever  The Optimist  Eh ??  Rose Woodward  www.kidneycancersupportnetwork.co.uk

Posted under Cancer Drugs, General, N.I.C.E., Rose Woodward

1 Comment so far

  1. jan January 22, 2010 7:29 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. The system should never be more important than the patient, for without the patient, there would be no system! Emeregency treatment on the NHS really cannot be faulted, but once you are part of that system it all seems to go to pot. A simple process of making appointments seems impossible without dealing with more than one person/department. Lets get back to basics, patients not patience.

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