Prof Pennington is 81 years old. If, and it seems unlikely, that he had applied for the job as CMO, and had got it, then if he was a cack-handed over his own personal hygiene as Chris Whitty, we would likely be looking for a new CMO about now anyway.And did the Professor apply for the job?
The current CMO has been in post since 2015.
It is an NHS Scotland appointment not a ScotGov one.
Previous CMOs have come from a range of medical specialities including surgeons and GPs.