Catherine Calderwood Resigns as the Chief Medical Officer in Scotland

Catherine Calderwood has resigned as the Chief Medical Officer in Scotland after having received a police warning for her failing to follow the Government’s guidelines on travel. Calderwood had initially refused to resign, despite all the main opposition parties in Scotland calling for her to stand down for failing to follow the guidance that she herself was issuing.

Calderwood said in a statement:

“I am deeply sorry for my actions and the mistakes I have made. The First Minister and I have had a further conversation this evening and we have agreed that the justifiable focus on my behaviour risks becoming a distraction from the hugely important job that government and the medical profession has to do in getting the country through this coronavirus pandemic.”

Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister, said:

“Dr Calderwood’s advice to me, to the government and to people across Scotland over the past few weeks has been the right advice. People should continue to stay at home to protect the NHS and to save lives. It is however clear that the mistake she made – even though she has apologised sincerely and honourably for it – risks distracting from and undermining confidence in the government’s public health message at this crucial time. That is not a risk either of us is willing to take.”