No to Euthanasia – Catholic hospitals and aged care services say No

A Catholic network of hospitals and aged care services has stepped up a campaign demanding access to quality palliative care for all Queenslanders before euthanasia is potentially made legal in the state. Their campaign is called “No to Euthanasia”. There must be a better option” .

They will defy Queensland euthanasia laws that force them to allow doctors to ­administer end-of-life drugs in their facilities.

Catholic Health Australia represents leading hospitals and aged care services. CHA wants supporters to join a letter-writing campaign for “properly resourced” palliative and end-of-life services while taking a stand against Voluntary Assisted Dying laws due to be debated and voted on by Queensland MPs in September.

They say it’s “a radical and dangerous undermining of ­patient safety, and should be rejected” – The Australian, 20th August

“Allowing unaccredited doctors to enter hospital rooms, with no notice or permission needed, to assist in a medical procedure to help a patient die is a radical and dangerous undermining of ­patient safety and should be rejected,” said chief executive Toby Hall. “It’s partly why the Queensland Australian Medical Association is so strongly against the lack of protection for faith-based hospital providers.

“It’s also about fairness. The Queensland government is forcing Catholic hospital providers – against our values and beliefs – to open up our facilities to assisted dying. That’s deeply unsettling and shocking to us.”

Palliative care experts estimate an extra $275 million a year is needed to improve palliative care services across the entire state – far more than the $171 million over six years the Queensland Government has pledged so far.

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