Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust


Preferred bidder announced for £2.25bn contract

An incumbent pathology provider looks set to lose its bid to retain a contract worth £2.25bn over 15 years.

Ben clover expert briefing

A different problem

Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover.

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Several of NHS’ biggest trusts set to miss financial plans

Several of the largest trusts in England appear unlikely to hit their financial “control totals”, after signalling they will need to review their year-end forecasts.

Ben clover expert briefing

Life-changing news on a trolley

Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover.


Healthwatch chief waits over an hour for transport company to answer call

A logistics company awarded a patient transport contract has been heavily criticised after a local Healthwatch chief executive spent more than an hour waiting for them to answer the phone.

Ben clover expert briefing

London Eye: Corporate whistleblowing

Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover.

Ben clover expert briefing

London Eye: A clear path?

Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover.

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

Teaching hospital chair to also run neighbouring trust

The chair of one of England’s biggest teaching hospital trusts will also chair its smaller neighbour from next April.

Digital communication

Doctors think new tech is about politics, says official report

A report commissioned by NHSX found a belief among patients and clinicians that new technology was sometimes foisted on the NHS to “satisfy a political or commercial imperative” rather than improve healthcare for patients and clinicians.

Breast cancer radiology

Named: The trusts receiving new cash for scanners

The trusts in line to receive £200m for upgrading cancer screening equipment from the government have been announced.

Michael Macdonnell

The coming era of predictive medicine

The NHS could be well-placed to realise the benefits of AI in healthcare, writes Google Health’s Michael Macdonnell.


Mental health and acute trust seek joint chief executive

A mental health trust and one of England’s worst performing acute trusts have announced they will come together under a “group model”.

wendy reid

HEE medical director: New junior doctors feel unprepared for work

More needs to be done to help junior doctors prepare for their work in the NHS, according to Health Education England’s medical director.


Google AI lead: Machine learning 18 months away from NHS hospitals

Artificial intelligence will be used to foresee and prevent the onset of life-threatening conditions in NHS hospitals in “substantial pilots” in about 18 months, Google DeepMind’s clinical lead has predicted.


DHSC bans trusts from exclusive deals

NHS trusts will be ordered not to enter into deals in which they share patient information exclusively with one tech company, for fear it will undermine national efforts.

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Increasing inclusivity can be hard and uncomfortable, but it is vital

Nick Carver and Joan Saddler give an overview of two recently held podcasts that featured an expert panel discussing inclusiveness in the health service

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Regulator criticised for 'unbelievably arrogant' approval process

Patient groups have called NHS England “unbelievably arrogant” for failing to listen to patients during drug funding reviews.

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Top trust stops reporting waiting list data

A leading London hospital trust has stopped reporting its elective waiting list data, citing issues with accuracy.

Rob findlay

Waiting list grows 7.3 per cent

The English waiting list is still growing, and the admission rate still faltering, despite the promises and plans, notes Rob Findlay

Petri dishes

Pathology contract extended amid merger doubts

A trust has extended its pathology contract with a public-private partnership as doubts have emerged over a planned merger with a neighbour.