Top Health Official Busted for Not Following Her Own Advice

Cheryl Sanders
April 6, 2020

However, The Scottish Sun reported that chief medical officer Catherine Calderwood visited her second home on the east coast of Scotland - an hour's drive from her home in Edinburgh - despite her own government's advice. Whatever her reasons for doing so, it was wrong and she knows that.

The First Minister paid tribute to Dr Calderwood, saying she was a "transformational" chief medical officer (CMO). "I do not want my mistake to distract for that".

Scottish Conservative health spokesman Miles Briggs said on Twitter: "Lockdown is incredibly hard but the rules apply to us all".

Dr Calderwood attended Methodist College in Belfast.

"The legal instructions on not leaving your home without a reasonable excuse apply to everyone", Livingstone said.

Dr Calderwood then took the position of Acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer in Scotland, supporting her predecessor Dr Aileen Keil, who had held the position since the retirement of Sir Harry Burns in April 2014.

Mr Livingstone said: "Earlier today, local officers visited Dr Catherine Calderwood and spoke to her about her actions, reiterated crucial advice and issued a warning about her future conduct, all of which she accepted".

"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.

Describing social distancing as the "key intervention" in slowing the spread of the virus, he added: "Individuals must not make personal exemptions bespoke to their own circumstances". "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".

The Scottish Liberal Democrats and Scottish Labour have called for Dr Calderwood to resign.

During the Morecambe Bay investigation, which was commissioned by the Department of Health and looked into maternity and neonatal services at the Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Calderwood participated as an expert panel member.

England's Health Secretary Matt Hancock said staying at home this weekend was an instruction and "not a request".

"They observed social distancing throughout, so they were very safe".

Just last month, the Scottish Government issued a travel warning criticising the "irresponsible behaviou"' of people with second homes and campervans travelling to the Highlands in a bid to isolate.

A Scottish Government spokesman said: "Since this start of this epidemic, the CMO has been working seven days a week preparing Scotland's response".

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