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Harnessing the LMG legacy: the IME's vision for the future
  1. Wing May Kong1,
  2. Bryan Vernon2
  1. 1Institute of Medical Ethics and Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College, London, UK
  2. 2Institute of Medical Ethics and School of Medical Sciences Education Development, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Wing Kong, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College, London, UK; w.kong{at}


London Medical Group was founded in 1963. It was student-led, spawned Medical Groups in almost every UK medical school and met a need for non-partisan debate and dialogue in medical ethics. It became a victim of its own success as the Institute of Medical Ethics published the Pond Report in 1987, which recommended that medical ethics be incorporated into the undergraduate curriculum. Medical schools began to teach medical ethics and the General Medical Council demanded this in 1993's Tomorrow's Doctors. The Institute of Medical Ethics had grown out of the LMG. After running a number of successful conferences for medical ethics teachers, the Institute of Medical Ethics is recapturing the natural innovative tendencies of students and junior doctors that the LMG and related Medical Groups had fostered. It is now launching itself as a membership organisation: the recommendations of the Francis report and responses to it have emphasised the need to support individuals with the ability, freedom and confidence to question the status quo from a reasoned ethical basis. The Institute of Medical Ethics aims to develop a robust medical ethics community ready to face the challenges of 21st Century healthcare.

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