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 also has an international membership and is the largest organisation representing doctors practicing Palliative Medicine worldwide. Membership of The Association is now also open to other allied professions and disciplines.
This resource is focussed around the impact on doctors of changes in legislation on actively and intentionally ending life. It is relevant to any clinician practising in supportive, palliative and end of life care, other health care professionals involved in care, and to members of the public.
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 does not accept that ending life should be a duty of care for doctors
The APM’s Position Statement that responds to the Irish 2020 Dying with Dignity Bill is here