NHS constitution 'reinforces list-based GP services'

The NHS constitution has cemented the GPs role at the heart of the NHS, the RCGP chair has said.

Professor Steve Field/Wilde Fry
Professor Steve Field/Wilde Fry

Professor Steve Field said that the document, published today, made a very strong statement about the role of the GP as the main point of access to NHS care.

Early drafts of the constitution barely mentioned GPs, and language which says that patients have a responsibility to register with a practice was only added after ‘quite a bit of debate’.

But its inclusion ‘will reinforce the role of list-based GP services at the heart of the NHS’, he said.

The NHS constitution outlines the rights and responsibilities of NHS, its patients and staff. It includes the right of patients to choose their GP practice, and to see a named doctor within it.


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