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care of patients with neurological or neuro-muscular conditions in the UK who request that their ventilatory support be withdrawn.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.
Last review: April 2015
Archive – APM Position Statements
Position statement on Doctors’ Relationships with Industry
July 2014 revised April 2015
Physician Assisted Suicide
Withholding and Withdrawing
Advance Care Planning