Monday, November 5, 2012
Proposals to strengthen the NHS Constitution
The UK NHS has published Proposals to strengthen the NHS Constitution. Comments and public consultation on the 60-page document are open is 28 January 2013.
One of the key proposed changes makes it clearer that patients, their families and carers should be fully involved in all discussions and decisions about their end-of-life care and treatment. Responses to the consultation will feed into a revised version of the NHS Constitution, which will be published by April 2013.
Thaddeus Mason Pope is Director of the Health Law Institute and Professor of Law and at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota. <> <> He is also an Adjunct Professor with the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at Queensland University of Technology; Adjunct Associate Professor with the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College; and Visiting Professor of Medical Jurisprudence at St. Georges University. <> <> Professor Pope is an internationally recognized expert in bioethics and medical ethics. He has over 120 publications in: leading medical journals, law reviews, bar journals, nursing journals, bioethics journals, and book chapters. He also coauthors the definitive 1500-page treatise The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking.