Scotland's medical officer Catherine Calderwood quits after breaking lockdown rules

Updated: Apr 6, 2020


Scotland's chief medical officer has resigned after facing criticism for breaking her own rules twice and visiting her second home during the coronavirus outbreak.


Pictures of her and her family emerged during a trip to Earlsferry.


Dr Catherine Calderwood apologised for visiting her second home during the coronavirus lockdown.


She said she was "deeply sorry" and resigned "with a heavy heart".


She said she agreed with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that the "justifiable focus" on her behaviour risked distracting from the pandemic response.


Dr Calderwood, who was given a police warning after making the trip to Fife said the most important thing to her now and over the next few very difficult months is that people across Scotland know what they need to do to reduce the spread of this virus and that means they must have complete trust in those who give them advice.


Calderwood was among those who has been urging the public to stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS.


Meanwhile, at a briefing on Sunday, Ms Sturgeon deflected questions about the 'lack of transparency' of her government’s first statements defending the chief medical officer’s actions, and fielded questions that reporters had put to Calderwood.


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