Interpreting the rights in the NHS constitution

E Wainwright, D Wainwright

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A Constitution for the NHS
Interpreting the rights in the NHS constitution

Commenting on the new NHS constitution,1 Health Secretary Alan Johnson said “it will no longer be acceptable for a doctor to prescribe painkillers for back pain, for example, without explaining alternatives like physiotherapy where appropriate.”2 A senior Department of Health source added: “Gone will be the paternalistic days of being told by the doctor that you can’t have physiotherapy for your back pain, or referral to an orthopaedic consultant.”3
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)428
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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When citing this letter please refer to the document itself where Elaine Wainwright's maiden name of Heaver is used.


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