UNISON pays tribute to Chief Nursing Officer who leaves her post today

Date: Wed 24 September 2014

Commenting on the announcement by the Scottish Government Health Dept that Chief Nursing Officer, Ros Moore is to leave her post, Matt McLaughlin, Lead Organiser for Nursing paid tribute to her approach and professionalism saying,

“UNISON Scotland have worked closely with Ros Moore since she came in to post, she has during that time been a great advocate for nursing and the profession.  She quickly developed really good working relationships with UNISON which has enabled us to start to tackle some of the challenges facing nurses in Scotland today.  She takes the time to listen to people and has always put patient care central to all that she does.”

Commenting on the impending vacancy within the Health Department, Matt said,

“It is vital that the Scottish Government move quickly to fill this vacancy and that someone is in post before Ros leaves. We need to be assured that high quality, professional nursing continues to be a priority for Scotland, any delay will send the wrong message to Scotland nurses.”

Matt added, “Ros told nursing members at UNISON annual conference that she felt our role was to be good ancestor for those who come after us – she understood that the NHS is a family and that UNISON nurse members had a big role to play, she has been a great nursing role model who will be missed. We wish her all the best for the future”


For further information please contact

  • Danny Phillips UNISON communications officer 0141 342 2877, 07944 664 110
  • Matt McLaughlin, UNISON regional organiser 07904 341 979