Equity & Excellence: Liberating the NHS

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The NHS reform white paper made commitments that shared decision making will become the norm: 'no decision about me, without me', and that patients will have access to the information they want, to make choices about their care.

The white paper published in 2010 set out the Government's ambition to achieve healthcare outcomes that are amongst the best in the world and its belief that this can only be realised by involving patients fully in their own care, with decisions made in partnership with clinicians, rather than by clinicians alone.

Shared decision making featured prominently in the paper and was one of four key commitments the government made. As part of that commitment the white paper outlined that ‘Shared decision-making will become the norm: no decision about me without me.’ And that ‘Patients will have access to the information they want, to make choices about their care. They will have increased control over their own care records.’

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