Micheal Matheson has quit as Health Secretary amid a probe into his iPad roaming charges.

The Scottish Parliament Corporate Body is due to release the findings of its investigation into the £11,000 bill he ran up while on holiday in Morocco.

Having previously stated he did nothing wrong, and then revealed the bill was the result of his sons watching football matches, Matheson has now written to the First Minister to resign.

He said "Having requested that the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body review my data roaming charges from last year, I am conscious that this process will conclude in the coming weeks.

"I have still not received the findings of their review, however, 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 to taking forward the Government’s agenda."

Accepting his resignation the First Minister said: "It is right that, having requested that the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body review your data roaming charges from last year, that you fully engage with that process as it comes to its conclusion.

"I agree that it is therefore best for you to now step down to ensure you are able to give the Parliamentary process the attention it deserves without it becoming a distraction to taking forward the Government's agenda."

Matheson ran up a bill of roaming charges of £11,000 on a Scottish Parliament iPad over the Christmas and New Year holiday period of 2022/23, then later agreed to pay the bill himself.

After the story broke, Matheson had told journalists, in November last year, that there was no personal use of the I-Pad during the period.

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Days later he told the Scottish Parliament that he found out his sons had used it to watch football matches.

It transpired he knew of his sons using the device four days before he stated publicly there was no personal use.

Opposition parties immediately called for him to resign or be sacked by the First Minister.

Following his resignation today they turned their attention to the First Minister.

Jackie Baillie, Scottish Labour deputy leader, said: “While I welcome the news that Michael Matheson has finally gone, the fact is the First Minister has big questions to answer over his lack of judgement. 

“While our NHS is in crisis, Humza Yousaf has shown his weakness by putting the SNP before our NHS. 

"Now more than ever we need a health minister focused on the crisis at hand. 

“It’s clear that the First Minister has no plan to save our NHS and that shuffling the SNP deckchairs will make no difference - it’s time for change.”

Alex Cole-Hamilton, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, said: “Our health service is on its knees. “Patients are waiting an age for treatment and staff are overworked on every shift.

“They all deserve better than an SNP minister who has lost their trust and could no longer focus on the day job.

“From Humza Yousaf to Michael Matheson, our NHS has known only crisis, soaring vacancies and ever longer waits. Their NHS Recovery Plan has failed.”