Ruth Thorlby's current interests include inequities in access to health care, particularly those experienced by some ethnic minority groups. She recently completed a study of the way that patients choose HIV units in London, and contributed to The King's Fund Independent Audit of the NHS, published during the 2005 general election campaign.
Ruth co-ordinates The King's Fund briefings on a range of NHS reform topics, including patient choice and payment by results. She completed an MSc in Social Policy at the London School of Economics in 2003. Before that, she was a journalist, working in both BBC radio and television, in the United Kingdom and abroad.