Michael Matheson has quit as health secretary in the aftermath of the controversial iPad roaming bill scandal.
The senior SNP minister stepped down from his post following repeated demands for his resignation.
In a letter to the first minister, he wrote: “It is in the best interest of myself and the government for me to now step down to ensure this does not become a distraction.”
Health chief Mr Matheson billed the taxpayer for an £11,000 roaming charge on his iPad during a family trip to Morocco.
He insisted the device had only been used for parliamentary business, despite the huge sum of money.
But in a U-turn, the health secretary later blamed his teenage sons watching football for the five-figure bill.
He is also at the centre of concerns about the setting up of an inquiry into the actions of disgraced former NHS surgeon Sam Eljamel, who harmed dozens of patients before leaving for Libya.
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