This resource was created to inform members of the Association for Palliative medicine of their views about medical involvement in intentionally ending a patients life.
Palliative Medicine and the APM have a wide and blended workforce. We are members or Fellows of the RCGP, RCA & RCPsych, and the APM is a Society of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP). Through our link to the RCP, this resource initially addressed the RCP Poll on physician assisted dying that began February 2019 and concluded in March 2019.
This Poll was not about the rights and wrongs of assisted suicide, but whether it should become a new duty for doctors
The RCP poll result was published on 21 March 2019…..
RESULT including Palliative breakdown…
neutrality position Vs not supporting a change
Given the potential for this to be a new duty of care for doctors, were the law to change, the APM created this resource to inform, guide and enable opinion. This included the input from Palliative physicians who advocate and who oppose change.