The Speaker
Tuesday, 18 June 2024 – 15:30

Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer Catherine Calderwood apologises for flouting her own lockdown guidance

Scotland’s chief medical officer Catherine Calderwood has apologised after pictures emerged of her flouting her own lockdown guidance.

Images emerged in the Scottish Sun on Sunday of Dr Calderwood 44 miles from her home in Edinburgh with other family members at their second home in Earlsferry, Fife.

Responding to the images, Dr Calderwood said the activities she was pictured doing “were not legitimate reasons to be out of my house.” She said;

“I wish to apologise unreservedly for the issue reported in the media today.

“While there are reasons for what I did, they do not justify it and they were not legitimate reasons to be out of my home. While I and my family followed the guidance on social distancing at all times, I understand that I did not follow the advice I am giving to others, and I am truly sorry for that.

“I know how important this advice is and I do not want my mistake to distract from that. I have a job to do as Chief Medical Officer to provide advice to Ministers on the path of this virus and to support the medical profession as they work night and day to save lives, and having spoken with the First Minister this morning I will continue to focus entirely on that job.”


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