Humiliated, Nicola Sturgeon admitted today that the resignation of the chief medical officer of Scotland for flouting his own locking rules would harm the response of the coronavirus.
The Scottish Prime Minister has said he is “far from the idea” of losing the expertise of Dr. Catherine Calderwood – who has twice visited a second home in defiance of crucial directives.
Sturgeon said she was “trying to make the best judgments” after initially trying to keep Dr. Calderwood in office, before finally admitting that she had to go late last night.
The chaotic departure took place after the doctor apologized on live television after receiving a warning from the police for having twice visited his family’s coastal retreat in Earlsferry, Fife, more than 40 miles from his main home.
Interviewed on ITV’s Good Morning Britain today, Ms. Sturgeon said: “I thought I could continue to use his advice and expertise …
“My point of view then, my point of view now is that it is far from ideal to have lost that at this point …
“He was counterbalanced by the risk of the message being squeezed out and shaken.”
At a press conference yesterday with Ms. Sturgeon, Dr. Calderwood said that his actions were “a mistake and a human error” and that there was “no excuse”.
Dr. Calderwood apologized and was initially supported by Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon to stay in this role.
However, after further conversations with Ms. Sturgeon, it became apparent that Dr. Calderwood would no longer be at the forefront of the public health campaign.
The doctor finally announced late last night that she had resigned “with a heavy heart”, agreeing that “the justified emphasis on my behavior could become a distraction from the extremely important job.”
Humiliated, Nicola Sturgeon admitted today that the resignation of the chief medical officer of Scotland for flouting his own locking rules would harm the response of the coronavirus
Last week, Dr. Calderwood, 51, tweeted a photo of his family from their main residence in Edinburgh as they cheered for front line NHS staff working to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Earlsferry, Fife, is 40 miles from Edinburgh – a journey of about an hour
Facing the music in a series of interviews released today, Ms. Sturgeon said, “She made a big mistake in the way she acted. I understand people’s anger, she was right to apologize.
“It was clear to us yesterday that she could not be the face of the public advisory campaign and we said that she would not be.
“I was hoping to be able to continue to use his advice and expertise at this stage to deal with the pandemic continuity of advice from someone who was immersed in this process from the start from the start was important. “
Ms. Sturgeon added: “Throughout this, my advice was good and of high quality.
“It’s not good, it’s not a rule for her and another for someone else, I know how difficult it is right now on a whole series of fronts and I don’t want to nothing to undermine that.
“I am very sorry that this situation arose, I cannot stress it enough.”
In a statement last night, Dr Calderwood said: ‘The most important thing for me now and in the next 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 have to fully trust those who give them advice.
Dr. Calderwood will now work “over the next few days to ensure a smooth transition” to his successor.
Sturgeon insisted that she was unaware of Dr. Calderwood’s home visits, more than an hour’s drive from Edinburgh, until Saturday evening.
The Prime Minister paid tribute to Dr. Calderwood, saying that she was a “transformational” chief medical officer (CMO).
Scotland’s chief doctor Dr. Catherine Calderwood (left) today released a statement on live television apologizing for her behavior
The images, published yesterday in the Scottish Sun, appeared amidst the Scottish government’s continued advice to stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS
“Catherine has been a transformative CMO, bringing about changes in the way medicine is delivered in Scotland and in particular using her experience to bring expected attention to women’s health.
“Although she made a very serious mistake in her actions, this should not detract from the fact that as a CMO she made a very valuable contribution to the medical profession and to health in Scotland, and I have no doubt that she will continue to do so. so in the future.
“She leaves office with my thanks and admiration.
This comes after photographs, published in The Scottish Sun on Saturday, showed Dr. Calderwood and his family near their coastal retreat in Earlsferry, Fife over the weekend.
At the press conference, Dr. Calderwood also admitted to having visited the chalet with her husband the previous weekend.
Dr. Calderwood’s main residence is just two and a half miles from the Scottish government building in Edinburgh, where she gives daily briefings on the virus with Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Earlsferry is 70 km from Edinburgh, about an hour’s drive.
A source for the Scottish Sun accused the doctor of “dangerous double standards”, while users of the social media site, Twitter, described his actions as “ridiculous” and embarrassing. “
Dr. Catherine Calderwood’s initial apology in its entirety
Here is the statement released by Doctor Catherine Calderwood earlier today:
“I would like to apologize without reservation for the problem reported in the media today.
“Although there are reasons for what I did, they don’t justify it and they weren’t legitimate reasons to leave my house.
“Although my family and I followed the advice on social distance at all times, I understand that I did not follow the advice I give to others, and I am very sorry for that.
“I know how important this advice is and I don’t want my mistake to distract me from it.
“I have a job to do as chief medical officer to advise ministers on the path to this virus and to support the medical profession as they work day and night to save lives, and after speaking with Prime Minister this morning, I will continue to focus entirely on this work.
The photographs prompted Scotland’s chief of police, Iain Livingston, to issue a statement today in which he said that Dr Calderwood had been visited by officers and warned him of his future conduct.
In a statement, Dr. Calderwood described his actions as a “mistake” and apologized “without reservation”.
But this afternoon, she participated in a press conference during which she read a press release.
Speaking at the press conference, she said: “I already issued a statement today apologizing without reservation for traveling far from my home when restrictions were in place.
“In addition to this weekend, it is important to be clear that there was also last weekend with my husband.
“I did not follow the advice I give to others. I’m really sorry. ‘
“What I did was wrong. I am really sorry. This will not happen again.
“I realize how important the advice I have given is, I don’t want my mistake to distract me. “
The images emerged amidst continued advice from the Scottish government, the chief medical practitioner herself and other leading health care professionals to stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS.
It also comes days after the 51-year-old woman tweeted a photo of her family from their main residence in Edinburgh as they cheered for front line NHS staff working to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Last month, the Scottish government issued a travel warning criticizing the “irresponsible behavior” of people with second homes and motorhomes traveling to the Highlands for the purpose of seclusion.
The Prime Minister said on Friday that the next Easter break would be “a vacation time unlike any we have had in our lives.”
Dr. Calderwood, a consultant obstetrician and qualified gynecologist, stressed that people should respect the restrictions and said that it seemed less likely that the summer vacation would take place this year as it did before.
The incident drew criticism from Scottish Conservative leader Jackson Carlaw MSP, who called Dr. Calderwood’s position “untenable”.
In a statement posted on Twitter, he said, “Dr. Calderwood’s position is very difficult, if not untenable, given the damage it has done to public confidence.
“The vast majority of Scots respect official advice to stay at home and protect the NHS.
“There can’t be one rule for bosses and one rule for everyone. “
But Ms. Sturgeon initially resisted the calls, saying instead that it was important that the government “be able to count on the continued expertise of the chief medical officer at this critical time.”
Speaking at the press conference, Sturgeon said, “The chief medical officer made a mistake when he walked away from his home.
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon, pictured at press conference, initially supported Dr Calderwood, but doctor resigned tonight
“Whatever the reasons, she was wrong and she knows it.
“It was inconsistent with the advice we ask everyone to follow.
“She apologized without reservation to me and the public and she is right to do so.
She added, “What I also know is that over the past few weeks, as we have faced this crisis, his advice and expertise have been invaluable and continue to be invaluable.
“If I have to do what I have to do to guide the country through this crisis to the best of my ability, I need her to be able to focus on the work she is doing – work which, despite her mistake that, she is doing extremely well.
The Scottish government today announced the latest figures from Covid-19, which show a total of 3,706 confirmed cases, up from 3,345 the day before.
A total of 220 people died from coronaviruses in Scotland.
To date, there have been 47,806 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the United Kingdom.
A total of 4,934 people died from the virus.
A Scottish government spokesman said on Saturday: “Since the start of this epidemic, the CMO has been working seven days a week to prepare Scotland’s response.
“She took the opportunity this weekend to visit a family home in Fife because she knows that she will not return until the end of the crisis.
“She stayed one night before returning to Edinburgh.
“According to her advice, she stayed in her own family group and observed social distancing from anyone she passed in the village.”
Police Scotland released a statement this afternoon from its chief of police, Iain Livingston.
In the statement, he said, “Local officers visited Dr. Calderwood and spoke about his actions, reiterated crucial advice and issued a warning about his future conduct, which she all accepted.
“The legal instructions not to leave your home without valid excuse apply to everyone.
Scottish police today released a statement from their police chief Iain Livingstone on Twitter. In the statement, Mr. Livingston said that Dr. Calderwood had been warned by officers
“Social distance is the key intervention in limiting the spread of the coronavirus and it is essential that instructions are followed to protect each other, support key workers, take pressure from the NHS and save lives.
“Individuals should not make personal exemptions tailored to their own circumstances. It is essential that everyone adheres to these requirements.
“The police and the staff put themselves in danger day and night to explain these instructions to our communities, encourage cooperation and, if necessary, apply them.
“I want to thank the vast majority of people across the country who are doing their homework during this public health emergency.
“Our fellow citizens follow the advice and make significant sacrifices and changes to their lifestyles and daily routines.
“I am grateful for their continued support and cooperation during this critical time. “