(TheFreedomFlag.Com)- The Chief Medical Officer of Scotland, Catherine Calderwood, resigned on Monday after it was revealed she broke her own social distancing guidelines. After advising the Scottish people to “stay at home,” photos showed Calderwood leaving her arriving at her second home and walking a dog.
This was even though Calderwood was resident in her other home at the time, and had travelled to her second property in the car without good reason.
In an official statement, Calderwood expressed her regret for breaking the rules and failing to follow her own advice.
“I am deeply sorry for my actions and the mistakes I have made,” Calderwood said. “The First Minister and I have had a further conversation this evening and we have agreed that the justifiable focus on my behavior 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.”
“Having worked so hard on the government’s response, this is the last thing I want,” she said.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon originally supported Calderwood and preferred for her to stay in the job, but told the press during her daily coronavirus briefing that the “balance of judgement changed” throughout the day.
“I have set out pretty fully my own thought processes and decision making, and I stand by that,” Sturgeon said. “But I didn’t want this situation to arise, I regret it and I am deeply sorry for it.”
Sturgeon also revealed that not only did Calderwood travel to her holiday home once but failed to declare a second visit to the property on Saturday night.
Calderwood wasn’t just publicly shamed for breaking her own rules but was warned by the police on Sunday after the photographs were published. The former Chief Medical Officer appeared on several videos aired online and on Scottish television warning people to stay at home and help stop the spread of the virus.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast on Monday morning, Sturgeon finally said that after a “long conversation” with Calderwood, they came to a “mutual agreement” that she should step down from her role. Sturgeon admitted that Calderwood “made a mistake” and that “people are right to be angry about it.”