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Your Rights

There are legal rights and non-legal rights in health care. If you wish to exercise your legal right, for example to financial compensation for medical negligence, then you should go directly to your solicitor. There is no point in taking your complaint to the Citizens Advice Scotland, the Ombudsman or the General Medical Council as they have no legal remit.

If you wish to ‘exercise’ (that is, just know about) your non-legal rights to health care then see Health Rights Information Scotland. These non-legal rights are in the form of loosely-defined principles which constitute general guidance only. The recently passed Patient Rights (Scotland) Act 2011 however has enshrined these principles more formally in The Charter of Patient Rights and Responsibilities.

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