Dr Catherine Calderwood profile: Who is Scotland's former Chief Medical Officer?
Belfast-born Dr Catherine Calderwood has held the role of chief medical officer (CMO) of Scotland since March 2015 until she resigned on Sunday.
Dr Calderwood stepped down following two lockdown visits to her second home, trips which were against her own advice and angered the public.
She succeeded Sir Harry Burns, after around a year as deputy to the acting CMO, Dr Aileen Keil, who had been covering the role since Sir Harry’s retirement.
A graduate of Cambridge University’s Newnham College, as well as Glasgow University, she is a trained consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist.
As a junior doctor she worked in medical specialities in Glasgow Royal Infirmary and at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. She has a number of impressive medical accolades, including an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, while she is also a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
She first became a medical adviser to the Scottish Government in 2010 and is said to have been instrumental in the work in reducing stillbirths and neonatal deaths in Scotland and in reducing avoidable harm in maternity services.
Aged 51, she is married with three children and is believed to live in Edinburgh’s West End.
When Dr Calderwood was appointed as CMO in 2015 the role had been advertised at a salary of circa £125,000
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