SloMo cancels your nose job

SloMo again:

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that all non-urgent elective surgery will be suspended “until further notice” from midnight on March 26, due to the coronavirus.

“Cancellation of elective surgery will allow the preservation of resources like personal protective equipment and allow health services to prepare for their role in the COVID-19 outbreak,” Mr Morrison told reporters in Canberra.

Is the PM really going to cancel life one feature at a time? With this kind of drip fed command and control nobody knows what to do.

I noted this morning press reports that Border Force was resposible for the docking and release of passengers from the Ruby Pricess death ship in Sydney. No, says Border Force:

Australian Border Force Commissioner Michael Outram has laid the blame on NSW health officials for allowing a cruise ship to disembark in Sydney with a number of passengers on board who contracted coronavirus after reporting flu-like symptoms.

Mr Outram said the ABF did not have the responsibility for assessing the health and biosecurity concerns of the Ruby Princess cruise and it was NSW Health which gave the green light for the passengers to disembark.

He said his organisation only had responsibility for visas and contraband on cruise ships.

The ABF boss also revealed NSW Health didn’t tell his organisation there were passengers on board with flu-like symptoms.

Actually, neither is to blame. The problem is the piecemeal, sloppy, inappropriate, unethical, contradictory, Swiss cheesse shutdowns coming from SloMo’s office, which includes crusie ships as well as nose jobs, some of which can dock while others can’t.

Given this is a federal area crossing state borders, why isn’t there a set protocol or a diversion plan for ships with Aussies aboard to unpopulated areas for medical processing?

SloMo’s waffle is creating diffused responsibility, leaving federal departments confused, states fending for themselves, and causing mass personal and institutional panic.

As Warnie says, it ain’t rocket surgery. Shut us down!

David Llewellyn-Smith


  1. Actually, neither is to blame.
    Yes, let’s not forget, of ALL, it is CCP’s inability to audit or regulate or bother cleaning up a wet market that is to blame.
    ALl of this “but we could have done x,y and z” after the initial fvck up by a totalitarian govt was never going to be required if CCP can do it’s job right.

  2. Guys, this is no joke. Most elective surgery is not that elective. Can be for cancer, chronic pain, etc. People wait anxiously for these procedures, often to save their lives or enable them to walk again. The thought that now none of it will get done is just horrendous.

    • Alot of elective surgery can wait a couple of months.And you know what this could change the face of medicine for a long time to come.Adapt to the new world

    • kannigetMEMBER

      If its elective then it is not life threatening by definition. If your electing to get the surgery done privately its because you either are too important to wait or its not as critical as you think.
      If it puts your life in danger not to have it then it will be done, if doing it is not that critical then it places other people at risk if it goes ahead.

      My Father just had exploratory surgery cancelled because they couldn’t guarantee a place in ICU if it went wrong. The risk of delay was not greater than the risk of continuing.

  3. Jumping jack flash

    “The problem is the piecemeal, sloppy, inappropriate, unethical, contradictory, Swiss cheesse shutdowns coming from SloMo’s office, which includes crusie ships as well as nose jobs, some of which can dock while others can’t.”

    I like how he said it wasn’t complicated when quizzed about how complicated it was for people to know what was shut down and what wasn’t.

  4. Where is my new favourite poster Col

    Vic Health Minister releasing ages of ICU patients – in 30s. NOT AN OLD PERSONS DISEASE

    Please can you stop relying on this canard

    • At some point we have to acknowledge that we miserably failed to contain this. We should have been putting strong measures in place 8 weeks ago.

      The safest place in the world right now if you don’t want Wuhan Virus is Taiwan.

      In Australia the horse bolted weeks ago.

      We have to come to terms now with this virus and our mortality. Young people too.

      If you didn’t put enough money away, you’re going to have to go back to work at some stage.

      In much of the world, being prudent with money is the difference between life and death. Australians are going to taste that now.

      Many people are going to die. That’s a given.

      I agree with everyone isolating for the next month to buy ourselves time for the next stage.

      We have to watch other countries like India and Indonesia to see how this plays out with their working poor. Their working poor will be forced to work because hunger is worse than the Wuhan Virus.

          • Spoke to pretty relaxed primary school teacher who is going to home school her children in short terms Husband is a senior ICU nurse at major melbourne hospital. They currently have ZERO patients – all beds are empty. I asked where sick prople are. Everyone is at home being not sick enough for hospital. Only one person currently in ICU in Victoria. I sympathetically asked if he is working long hours, run off his feet and exhausted. To which she dukes and replied “No just doing an hour overtime in last week”
            Where are the exhausted medical staff working? Teachers I get as they are trying to set up Zoom for phone conference but just like rest of workforce:)

          • @Billygoat: ED Doctor here – it has not happened yet. A lot of people who come in with crap have stayed away and it is less busy.

            Expected progresssion:
            1. Overall reduction in daily ED numbers as non urgent cases (e.g. 6 months of back pain) stay away and reduced community activity (and maybe being more careful) decreases the number of traumas
            2. Well COVID patients who did not need admission start presenting in significant numbers
            3. ED reorganised into ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ zones, with all presumed COVID going to hot zone, overall workload manageable
            4. Unwell COVID patients become a sizable portion of presentations, intubation and ventilation become routine
            5. ICUs filling up but not yet full
            6. Doubling up on ventilators with Y circuits, i.e. one ventilator supports 2 patients, use of vetinary ventilators
            7. Rationing of ventilators
            8. Increasing COVID deaths in critical care medical workforce

            Right now, Australia is passing step 3, New York is at step 5.

            Find a medical podcast and you will get a feel for where they are. Better yet look at this (Italy, 13 days ago):


            It will come, be sure about that.

          • It’s an out of control virus that has spread to all corners of the Earth. There is no stopping it. It won’t go away by hiding in your home.

            If you have money you have the luxury of riding it out at home.

            At some point, most people will need to earn money again are going to make a calculated punt and get on with their lives.

      • I bet you faaark all die. 900 died from the flu in Australia ( my dad told me that so can’t confirm veracity). I reckon a similar amount will die this year. According to H & H 100 000 will die in Australia from this CHINESE flu. He is trippin.

  5. BigDuke6MEMBER

    My operating list tomorrow had an ICU nurse in pain wanting it fixed so she could be ready for the war in 2 or 3 weeks. Another pt where they have both lost their jobs and will have to drop out of their healthfund.
    I feel for them.

  6. In what world is it sane for the PM to need to intervene on a cruise ship docking. There are more than enough agencies with highly paid people that a decision should have been made without the PMs office needing to be involved or at least a more managed disembarking of the ship.

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