The guidance is called Everyone Counts: Planning for Patients 2013/14, and is the first that the commissioning board has published under the reformed NHS.
It will be used to set priorities and targets, and financial and planning rules.
Cathy Warwick, RCM chief executive, said: ‘This is another positive step from the government toward delivering a better NHS.
‘We particularly welcome the focus on outcomes and on patient experience. We are also supportive of the plans to start the Friends and Family Test for maternity services next year.
‘The focus on increased information about the choices available is very welcome. However, that information will be meaningless unless commissioners ensure real choice is available.
‘We know that, in relation to place of birth, too often this is not the case.
‘We believe that if statements in recent government pledges, in the Mandate and in this most recent document are all translated into reality on the ground we will see real improvements in the choices women can make regarding their maternity care.’
Sir David Nicholson, NHS Chief Executive, said:’The rights and pledges in the NHS Constitution must be delivered for everyone who uses the services we commission.’
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