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Scotland's Chief Medical Officer Resigns over Lockdown Trips

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Scotland's chief medical officer has resigned after making two trips to her second home during the coronavirus lockdown.

Dr Catherine Calderwood had apologised for her actions, and initially said she planned to continue in the role.

She was backed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who said Dr Calderwood had made a mistake but should stay in her job.

But Dr Calderwood released a statement later on Sunday saying she had quit.

She said she had done so after speaking again to the first minister, and had agreed with her that the "justifiable focus" on her actions risked distracting from the pandemic response.

Dr Calderwood had earlier been given a police warning for breaking the lockdown rules after the Scottish Sun published photographs taken on Saturday of her and her family visiting Earlsferry in Fife - more than an hour's drive from her main family home in Edinburgh.

The chief medical officer had fronted TV and radio adverts urging the public to stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS, and took part in daily televised media briefings alongside Ms Sturgeon.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-scotland-52177171

KijManhas
a year ago
What do you think of this?
TheChimp
TheChimpa year ago

Good.

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludia year ago

She should be a role model and she does not follow the rules...

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keithmorris216
keithmorris216a year ago

Probably impossible for her to carry on

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MrsCraig
MrsCraiga year ago

After I heard about this on the news her advert came on tv telling me to stay at home! If she can't follow her own advice how on earth can she expect others to follow it. I've lost respect for her now. The advert is going to taken off air, wonder who will front the new advert.

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sunny101
sunny101a year ago

I couldn't believe her arrogance! It was mind blowing that she felt she was different to the rest of us and when her country needed her expertise the most she failed the people.

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blacklabrador
blacklabradora year ago

Having watched the press conference with her and Nicola Sturgeon yesterday afternoon, it was clear she had to go.

Every question was about her conduct and behaviour, detracting from the serious issue of the virus.

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Pjran
Pjrana year ago

I think she should have been sacked and not left up to her to resign!

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sunny101
sunny101a year ago

I agree!

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michellejwest
michellejwesta year ago

Totally agree with you, shocking that those that are supposed to show an example as they placed the rules are not abiding by them.

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