We believe that:

  • The needs of the patient should be central to healthcare.
  • Healthcare should be based on the principles of compassion and understanding.
  • Healthcare should always be conducted with the full consent of the patient, with every effort being made to ensure that they are able to make fully informed, supported decisions.
  • A health service should be judged on how it treats the most vulnerable people in society.
  • The needs of the sick should take precedence over the wants of the well.
  • Healthcare decisions should be based upon reliable scientific evidence, and after a proper analysis of both benefits and harms.
  • Patients are individuals, with unique personal values and priorities, and healthcare workers need to recognise and this and celebrate it.