Southern Cross Care, one of Queensland’s top aged-care operators, said it would cease operations if it is forced to provide voluntary euthanasia. Source: The Australian.
The warning by Southern Cross Care, which runs 11 aged-care homes and five retirement villages, echoes alarm by the Mater Group of Catholic hospitals about Queensland becoming the third state to introduce a euthanasia law.
Voluntary assisted dying (VAD) is being driven as a grassroots election issue by pro-euthanasia groups and, on the other side, by churches and the right-to-life lobby, with neither of the major parties saying what they will do with draft legislation now before the Queensland Law Reform Commission.
Southern Cross Care chief executive Jason Eldering said euthanasia would put Catholic-aligned Southern Cross in a difficult position.
He said the organisation would not be willing to participate in euthanasia. He said Southern Cross Care would help residents move elsewhere to access euthanasia, but it would not be available in its facilities.
His comments came after the chairman of the Mater Group, Francis Sullivan, said that the private provider would not allow euthanasia in any of its 10 hospitals in Queensland or refer terminally ill patients who asked to die.
Last week, the chief of Southern Cross Care in Tasmania, Robyn Boyd told The Advocate it would also refuse to participate in euthanasia should the bill that is currently before Tasmania’s Parliament pass.
Queensland election: Aged-care operator in euthanasia threat (By Jamie Walker, The Australian)
Catholic Southern Cross Care opposes Tasmanian assisted dying legislation on religious grounds (By Sandy Powell, The Advocate)