Palliative Medicine and the APM have a wide and blended workforce. The Colleges of which we are Members or Fellows include the Royal Colleges of Physicians of Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Ireland, the Royal Colleges of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Royal College of Psychiatry. The APM is a Society of the Royal College of Physicians London (RCP).
The APM is the largest organisation representing doctors practicing Palliative Medicine worldwide with an international membership. Membership of the APM has recently opened to other allied professionals and disciplines. Whilst legal change may impact other professionals in palliative multidisciplinary teams, our focus is on the doctors.
Parliamentary Bills are regularly presented before the different legislatures of Great Britain and The Republic of Ireland that seek to legalise the involvement of doctors in assisting suicide and, most recently, in administering euthanasia (the Dying with Dignity Bill 2020 [No.19.1 of 2020] that is before the Dáil in the Republic of Ireland). Were such Bills to become Law, the effect upon the practice of medicine, and palliative medicine in particular, would be profound because they introduce a new duty of care for doctors, in some circumstances, to end the life for some of their patients.
The APM’s Position Statement is here (Link to new 2020 document once finalised)