APM Position Statements

Withdrawal of ventilatory support at the request of an adult patient with neurological or neuro-muscular disease.

This statement intends to set-out the legal and ethical position for the care of patients with neurological or neuro-muscular conditions in the UK who request that their ventilatory support be withdrawn. Whilst the ethical principles are generic and applicable across the UK, the law in relation to mental capacity differs between England and Wales combined, and Scotland. The position statement is not a clinical guideline.

Withdrawal of Ventilatory Support for patients with advanced neuro-muscular disease

Last review: April 2015


Archive – APM Position Statements

Position statement on Doctors’ Relationships with Industry
July 2014 revised April 2015

Withdrawal of Ventilatory Support for Respiratory Failure
July 2013

Physician Assisted Suicide
December 2011

Withholding and Withdrawing
February 2010

Sedation and Double Effect
February 2009

Advance Care Planning
September 2008


Guidance on Withdrawal of Assisted Ventilation Consultation

APM Guidance on Withdrawal of Assisted Ventilation Consultation 1st May 2015