Observations Lobby Watch

The College of Medicine

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3712 (Published 15 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3712
  1. Jane Cassidy, freelance journalist
  1. janecassi2{at}googlemail.com

What is it?

The College of Medicine, which launched in October last year (BMJ 2010;341:c6126, doi:10.1136/bmj.c6126), aims to promote holistic medicine in the NHS. Its president is Graeme Catto, former president of the General Medical Council. Its vice president is Ian Kennedy, an expert in medical ethics whose review of children’s health services for the Department of Health for England was published in September (BMJ 2010;341:c5129, doi:10.1136/bmj.c5129).

Some of the college’s senior figures were also involved in the Prince of Wales’s complementary health charity, the Foundation for Integrated Health. The foundation closed last year after police launched a theft, fraud, and money laundering inquiry. George Gray, its finance director, was charged with the theft of £250 000 [€280 000; $405 000] and is currently serving a three year prison term.

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