The UK government has proposed a new policy of entitling patients to enforceable rights on the National Health Service (NHS) in a bid to improve patient care.

The enforceable rights include hospital treatment within 18 weeks of consulting a GP, access to a cancer specialist within two weeks and free health check-ups on the NHS for those aged 40–74, the government has announced.

It also plans to introduce additional rights such as free dental treatment, evening and weekend access to GPs and an individual budget for patients with chronic ailments.

Allowing the elderly to die at home, if they wish to, is also in the offing as progress is being made on the end-of-life care strategy in UK, the government said.