Catholic Health Australia has launched a new video to highlight the dangers inherent in Queensland’s euthanasia legislation, set to be debated in the state’s Parliament this week.
The video What Choice Is That? features testimony from prominent Queensland health and aged care professionals including Mater chief Peter Steer, psychiatrist Eileen Burkett, Southern Cross Care Queensland chair Francis Price, thoracic physician Luke Garske, St Vincent’s Care Services chief Lincoln Hopper, and general practitioners Zelle Hodge and Steve Hambleton.
The health care professionals explain how the draft law to allow euthanasia will not provide Queensland patients with more choice.
“In fact, it will take away your most basic right to care, dignity and respect,” Dr Burkett says.
The video explains that Queensland’s hospitals and aged care homes will not be able to opt out of euthanasia, and that instead of promoting the dignity of human life, the proposed laws undermine the very mission of medicine – the health and wellbeing of patients.
Peter Steer said CHA member hospitals and aged care services are founded on the tradition of care, compassion and integrity.
The video concludes with the message that South Australia’s euthanasia laws give hospitals the right to provide care according to their ethos and that Queenslanders deserve the same choice.
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What choice is that? (Catholic Health Australia)
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