Letters A constitution for the NHS

Interpreting the rights in the NHS constitution

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b633 (Published 17 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b633
  1. Elaine S Heaver, PhD student, Centre for Pain Research1,
  2. David Wainwright, senior lecturer in health services research1
  1. 1School for Health, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY
  1. e.s.heaver{at}bath.ac.uk

    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 …

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