The Institute of Medical Ethics (IME), officially launched its new membership scheme on Friday 15 November 2013 at the House of Lords. Since its formation in 1972, the IME has worked to raise ethical standards in clinical practice by promoting dialogue, teaching and research in medical ethics through academic meetings, debates, teaching and learning resources, facilitating health professional networks and its two leading journals: the Journal of Medical Ethics and Medical Humanities.

"There is much to be proud of in the NHS but the shocking healthcare failures exposed in the Mid Staffordshire Inquiry were watched over by health professionals who did not or could not challenge the status quo. However the ability and confidence to challenge effectively requires a culture of ethical dialogue" explains Dr. Wing May Kong, Chair of the Trustees of the Institute of Medical Ethics. "We recognise that a large and thriving community of teachers, students, clinicians and academics is needed for ethical dialogue to flourish and bring about change in clinical practice. This is why we are becoming a membership organisation"

The launch was hosted by Baroness Ilora Finlay. Amongst the contributors to the membership launch were Professor Raanan Gillon, President of the IME, Dr Jeremy Levy, Director of Education and Quality, Health Education NW London and Reader in Renal Medicine and Medical Education at Imperial College London and Dr Wing May Kong.