STRUCTURE: Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals Trust issued an invitation to 39 providers for expressions of interest in merging with it, board papers reveal.

A report to the board said: “A total of 39 providers within 25 kilometres of either Barnet Hospital or Chase Farm Hospital were contacted on 17th and 27th July to solicit expressions of interest.

“A number of organisations from within London expressed an interest,including existing foundation trusts and NHS providers. No responses were received from organisations outside London.”

The trust last week announced an expression of interest from the Royal Free London Foundation Trust was being taken forward.

If a proposal is approved by Barnet and Chase Farm, NHS London will consider a strategic outline case on November 22.