Scotland’s chief medic Catherine Calderwood refuses to step down after SECOND trip to holiday home during lockdown
SCOTLAND'S chief medical officer will be removed from television announcements urging the public to stay at home after being caught twice flouting the rules herself.
Dr Catherine Calderwood, 51, was warned by cops this morning that "laws apply to everyone" after she was pictured walking with her family near their coastal holiday retreat in Earlsferry, Fife.
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Speaking at a briefing this afternoon, she acknowledged visiting the home twice in the last two weeks – after a nationwide lockdown had been imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The governments in both Westminster and Scotland have told people not to travel to second homes while the measures remain in place.
Dr Calderwood's second home is 44 miles from her home in Edinburgh, from where just days ago she tweeted a snap of her family clapping for the NHS.
She said she had "no excuses" for "not following the advice she has been giving to others", though has resisted calls to resign.
Announcing today's decision, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “I am acutely aware of the importance of public trust in the advice the government is giving to stay at home in order to save lives and protect our NHS.
"To maintain that trust we will be revising our public information campaign and the Chief Medical Officer will be withdrawing from media briefings for the foreseeable future.
"She will continue to provide the Scottish Government with the scientific and medical advice on the spread of Coronavirus."
Dr Calderwood has said she was “truly sorry” for not adhering to coronavirus guidelines, but said during a daily press briefing with the first minister that she would not be standing down.
Addressing the medic's trip to her second home, Nicola Sturgeon said: "The chief medical officer made a mistake in travelling away from her home.
"Whatever her reasons for doing so it was wrong and she knows that."
She added: "All of us, including me, will make mistakes in these unprecedented times we are living in. "When we do we must be candid about it and learn from it."
Last night one source accused the doctor — who took the Hippocratic Oath to protect patients — of “dangerous double standards”.
Scottish police visited Dr Calderwood today and issued her with a warning after she was caught flouting the lockdown rules.
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