CMO Annual Report 2020- 2021

4 Chief Medical Officer for Scotland Annual Report 2020 -2021 generated by the COVID-19 virus, but for some it has come at a cost to their own physical or mental health. As we begin to recover our health and care system, we cannot lose sight of this. We must do all that we can to support and sustain our colleagues. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for change. We should not only be dealing with the consequences of the pandemic; we also need to broaden our focus to confront other urgent issues, such as the climate crisis. As we remobilise services, we need to consider how we can build towards a greener society and a more sustainable healthcare system. This year’s annual report reflects on the above themes and encourages us to build on this momentum for change, as we “Recover, Restore, Renew” our health and care services. Dr Gregor Smith Chief Medical Officer for Scotland