Mr Brown confirmed earlier this year he planned to draw up a constitution setting out the ‘rights and responsibilities' that are linked to patients' entitlement to NHS care.
RCN general secretary Dr Peter Carter said: ‘We are opening this debate to make sure that our members, the frontline staff who work throughout the NHS on a daily basis, have the chance to say whether they want an NHS Constitution and what it could cover.
The DoH has not yet conducted an official consultation on plans for a constitution.
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