Legal rights for patients demanded

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 23 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1284

The patient's charter falls short of giving patients real rights in terms of access to health care, quality of treatment, and genuine choice, according to the Association of Community Health Councils for England and Wales, which launched its own manifesto for patients this week.

The patients' agenda proposes a set of rights that are not included in the patient's charter. It criticises the charter for offering only expectations of care; instead it proposes rights for patients that will be backed up by an independent health rights commission with statutory powers.

Proposals in the agenda include …

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