Scotland’s CMO has resigned after apologizing for not adhering to social distancing guidelines

Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, has resigned after she apologized for not adhering to social distancing guidelines by visiting her second home twice.

Dr Calderwood issued an apology after going against her own advice to stay at home.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon backed Calderwood, saying she did not condone anyone breaking the guidance on preventing the spread of the virus, but believed would be “damaging not to have [Calderwood’s] ongoing advice and expertise”.

In a statement, Dr Calderwood said on Sunday night that she had resigned “with a heavy heart”, agreeing the “justifiable focus on my behaviour risks becoming a distraction from the hugely important job”.

“The most important thing to me 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.”

There are now over 3 thousand cases of COVID-19 in Scotland.

Bobby McLoughlin

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