Scots’ medical chief resigns after flouting own coronavirus rules
LONDON Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer Catherine Calderwood defeatist on Sunday after this lady damage hers guide to remain at home of help slower the spread considering the coronavirus by going to her vacation home this event and last.
Calderwood said that during forums along with Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Sunday sunday these assured her acts risked annoying due to the “hugely important job that government and the medical profession has to do in getting the country through this coronavirus pandemic”.
“It is with a heavy centre that I renounce as chief science detective,” she said.
Police had earlier issued a warning to Calderwood about her behaviour and Sturgeon had removed her as the public face of the campaign to tackle the coronavirus.
Photographs of Calderwood visiting her holiday home in Earlsferry, on Scotland’s east coast about an hour’s drive from the capital Edinburgh, were published in the Scottish Sun.
Calderwood had apologised earlier on Sunday when she appeared next to Sturgeon at a news briefing that was supposed to update the country on the response to the pandemic, but was instead dominated by her actions.
“I did not follow the advice I’m granting to others, I’m truly sorry relating to that,” she said.
She said she had seen comments calling her a hypocrite and saying she was irresponsible.
“What I did was in fact in error. I’m sorry,” she said.
She also apologised to police and National Health Service (NHS) colleagues.
But the apology did little to calm a storm of criticism from opposition politicians and the public.
Police Scotland said officers had spoken to Calderwood about her actions and had warned her about her future conduct.
“The legal directions on not away from the home when lacking competitive pretext incorporate into everyone,” Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said in a statement.
“Individuals should not make individual exemptions custom-made to their own occurrences. It is vital everyone clings to all of these specifications.”
Sturgeon had said earlier on Sunday that the chief medical officer would no longer take part in coronavirus media briefings, and that she had not known Calderwood was spending weekends at her second home.
“I am acutely aware of all about masses rely on the recommendation this extensions entails that no government is providing to live private house in take advantage of to save everyday life and look after our NHS,” Sturgeon said.
Scotland has recorded 3,345 coronavirus cases and 218 deaths.