Scottish police have confirmed that they have issued a warning to Catherine Calderwood, the Chief Medical Officer in Scotland, after she admitted making a journey to her second home that was unnecessary. Iain Livingstone, the Chief Constable of Scottish Police, said in a statement that they had “reiterated crucial advice and issued a warning about her conduct”.
Calderwood has rejected calls from Scottish Labour, the Scottish Liberal Democrats and the Scottish Conservatives who said that she should resign for undermining the message from the Scottish Government, instead saying:
“I have a job to do as chief medical officer to provide advice to ministers on the path of this virus and to support the medical profession as they work night and day to save lives, and having spoken with the first minister this morning I will continue to focus entirely on that job.”
Calum Steel, the General Secretary of the Scottish Police Federation, said in a statement:
“The job of policing during this Covid-19 epidemic just got that little bit harder this morning, and having crawled over the legislation when it was first published I can tell you categorically that checking on a second home is not one of the listed ‘reasonable excuses’ for being out of your own.”