- Nigel Hawkes
A new entrant has shouldered its way into the crowded field of medical organisations. The College of Medicine has its origins in the Prince of Wales’s Foundation for Integrated Health, which closed in April this year, but its launch on Thursday 28 October was Hamlet without the prince.
The remit of the new college, which promises to put the “care” back into “healthcare,” is much broader than that of the prince’s foundation. Its president is Graeme Catto, former president of the General Medical Council, and its officers and advisory council include Ian Kennedy (an expert in health law and former chairman of the Healthcare Commission), Nigel Crisp (former chief executive of the NHS), Muir Gray (chief knowledge officer to the NHS), Cyril Chantler (former dean of Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Medical and Dental Schools), and Ilora Finlay (past president of the Royal Society of Medicine).
Members of its governing council include Sam Everington, an east London general practitioner well known in BMA circles, and Mustafa Djamgoz, professor of cancer biology at Imperial College London, who also chairs the new college’s science council. Anybody tempted to dismiss the College of Medicine as no more …