FIPO Charter – 26th November 2007

FIPO launched its Charter on the November 26th 2007 at Church House Conference Centre, Westminster with presentations by the Chairman of FIPO and the Minister of Health Professor Lord Darzi to an audience of patients, professionals, politicians, hospital providers and think tank representatives.

The stimulus and background to the FIPO Charter are the changes in clinical practice and gradual loss of professionalism in both the independent and NHS sectors. This is most clearly seen in the independent sector with an intrusion by certain insurance companies into patient referral routes and clinical and professional issues. The Charter is a significant landmark for patients in both the NHS and independent sector.

This Charter has been endorsed by the Patients Association, the GMC, Royal Colleges and specialist professional associations.

The Charter reaffirms the desire by the profession and the patients to restore clinical decision making to healthcare personnel. In essence it is a reaffirmation of “professionalism”.

The Charter supports the GP to consultant referral pathway as laid down by the British Medical Association.

The Charter rejects the concept of clinical guidelines being introduced by outside bodies with financial interests and accepts the “Guidance on Guidelines” as set out in the New England Journal of Medicine in January 2007.

The Charter restates the clinical governance controls that should apply in the independent healthcare sector.

The Charter and argues for total transparency in all aspects of clinical care.

Details of the Charter and of the Rationale behind this can be found here:

FIPO Patient Charter - Rationale

FIPO Patient Charter

Press comments on the Charter

Several press articles on the FIPO Patient Charter are copied here with kind permission from the publishers:

Healthcare Market News - "FIPO Launches New Patient Charter" - Dec '07/Jan '-08

Hospital Doctor - "Doctors’ Groups Sign Charter for Quality of Care" - 6th Dec '07

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