Arthritis, joint replacements and patients’ rights under the NHS Constitution

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Arthritis Research UK
Arthritis Research UK
Date of publication
1 July 2013
Health Services
Social welfare
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This report focuses on the awareness of people with arthritis of their rights in the NHS Constitution when having a joint replacement. It is based on the findings of a workshop Arthritis Research UK held with the Department of Health involving people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. The report focuses on the main observations from the workshop.

The workshop participants wanted the NHS to provide patients waiting for surgery with more information about their rights. Arthritis Research UK welcome the subsequent change to the NHS Standard Contract which now includes standard information of treatment rights on first outpatient appointment letters.