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PUBLISHED: 17:14 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 17:29 25 August 2010

PATIENTS only have a few more days to comment on fundamental rights at the centre of a public consultation on future health provision. Bexley Care Trust is asking residents to register their views as part of a national survey ending next Tuesday. The NH

PATIENTS only have a few more days to comment on fundamental rights at the centre of a public consultation on future health provision.

Bexley Care Trust is asking residents to register their views as part of a national survey ending next Tuesday.

The NHS Constitution establishes the principles and values of the NHS in England.

Health bosses are seeking feedback on two new proposals: treatment within 18 weeks from a GP referral and to be seen by a cancer specialist within two weeks of a GP referral; NHS health checks for those aged 40 to 74 to assess their risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.

The constitution sets out clear pledges for patients, including a right to NHS approved drugs, if recommended by their doctor, and a clear and rational explanation about all funding decisions for treatment.

It sets out a framework for patients to make choices based on good information and involvement about NHS care. It also gives a right to have a say in the planning and development of local services.

Bexley Care Trust non-executive director and its NHS constitution champion, Paul Cutler, said: "I would urge residents to have their say because they can really shape the future of the NHS constitution.

"The constitution is about things directly relevant, like dental services and how local people can hold their own health budgets. It is important to voice your views because that way you can influence the future rights of patients laid down in the NHS constitution."

NHS London is running a survey across the capital as part of the consultation on the proposed new patient rights. The resulting comments will then be fed-back to the Department of Health.

For more information, log onto www.bexley.nhs.uk. Send comments on the constitution process to communications@

london.nhs.uk.

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