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Scotland Sets out Plans for 'New Era' of Patients' Rights

Magazine article Public Finance

Scotland Sets out Plans for 'New Era' of Patients' Rights

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Plans for a 'new era' of patient and public participation in the Scottish NHS have been outlined by Health and Wellbeing Secretary Nicola Sturgeon.

Announcing details of the SNP government's plan, Better Health, Better Care, on December 12, she said the proposals recognise 'the public not just as consumers with rights but as owners of the NHS, with rights and responsibilities.

'It represents a radical shift towards an NHS that is truly publicly owned,' Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament

Initiatives include a public consultation on a patients' rights Bill by May 2008. This will cover waiting time guarantees and the right of patients to be treated as partners in their care. It will be followed by a healthcare Bill that will include proposals for direct elections to NHS boards. …

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