We had our Board meeting this week. Every NHS Trust Board now needs to ensure it has regard to the NHS Constitution in each of the decisions it takes. For me, this is a good thing. Let’s start this blog with the opening lines of the NHS Constitution:
“The NHS belongs to the people.
It is there to improve our health and wellbeing, supporting us to keep mentally and physically well, to get better when we are ill and, when we cannot fully recover, to stay as well as we can to the end of our lives. It works at the limits of science – bringing the highest levels of human knowledge and skill to save lives and improve health. It touches our lives at times of basic human need, when care and compassion are what matter most.
The NHS is founded on a common set of principles and values that bind together the communities and people it serves – patients and public – and the staff who work for it.”
These are not mere words. They reflect the commitment of the staff in my organisation and the enduring love of the NHS by the public. They are backed up by good research and recent experience.
Look at the latest views of us all in this slideshare presented at the Nuffield Trust in March by Dan Wellings of Mori. One of the best healthcare systems in the world [77%] that should be protected from cuts [79%] and makes us proud to be British [top answer]
If my blog is to have any theme it is this – how will we make sure that these values and the public commitment that really do bind us together, see us through the toughest times.