Scotland's chief medical officer sorry about breaking own coronavirus rules

Scotland's chief medical officer sorry about breaking own coronavirus rules

"The statement which went out was a reflection of our understanding at that time of the reasons for her visit that weekend", Sturgeon said.

After apologising, she participated in yesterday's daily press briefing as per standard procedure.

In a statement released on Sunday morning, she said: "I wish to apologise unreservedly for the issue reported in the media today".

"I have set out why".

"But I didn't want this situation to arise, I regret it and I am deeply sorry for it".

"I really don't know what Dr Calderwood can have been thinking to go against the official Coronavirus Government advice she has been advocating and act in this irresponsible way".

Dr Calderwood was given a police warning on Sunday after the Scottish Sun published photographs taken the previous day of her and her family visiting their second home in Earlsferry in Fife - more than an hour's drive from her main family home in Edinburgh.

The images emerged amid continuing advice from the Scottish government, the chief medical officer herself, and other leading medical professionals to stay at home in order to save lives and protect the NHS.

Catherine Calderwood flouted her own advice to stay at home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

'Also, as I said earlier, her advice to me on coronavirus will be missed - which is why she will work to ensure a smooth transition in the days ahead'.

Scottish Labour's health spokeswoman Monica Lennon also called for Dr Calderwood to stand down, Scottish Conservative leader Jackson Carlaw said her position is "untenable", and the Scottish Greens said she can "no longer credibly front" the public health campaign.

"My view then, my view now is that it is far from ideal to have lost (her) at this stage but by last night it became very clear to me that whatever the risk of that was - and I think that was and is a risk - was outweighed by our message being crowded out and undermined. So these are not easy judgements".

First minister Nicola Sturgeon said last night: 'Dr Calderwood's advice to me, to the government and to people across Scotland over the past few weeks has been the right advice.

Dr Calderwood told that same briefing that there were "no excuses" for the action she had taken to visit her second home in Fife.

"I did not follow the advice I'm giving to others, I'm truly sorry for that", she said at a news conference in Edinburgh on Sunday.

Instead, she has left a vacancy that must be filled urgently, and she will be replaced, out of necessity, without the usual, careful and thoughtful consideration given to competing candidates - the worst context for such an important post to be filled. This was either grossly naive, achingly foolish or staggeringly arrogant.

Dr Smith and Dr Calderwood served as deputy and chief medical officer respectively since March 2015. Dr Calderwood attended Methodist College in Belfast. Not a remote analyst.

She defended the government's record as it has issued more than six million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to care homes with Health Protection Scotland maintaining a close watch on distribution.

In fact, it is worse.

Scotland's Constitution Secretary Mike Russell said there is no doubt Dr Calderwood's visit - which the Scottish Government confirmed was an overnight stay to "check on a family home" - was "ill-advised".

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