New care com­plex wel­comed

The Oban Times - - News -

HEALTH board of­fi­cials and mem­bers of a pro­ject board met to dis­cuss the out­line busi­ness case for a pro­posed care com­plex in Castle­bay, Barra – sig­nif­i­cantly mov­ing the pro­ject for­ward af­ter a de­lay.

Scottish Gov­ern­ment and NHS Western Isles of­fi­cials also met shortly be­fore Christ­mas to dis­cuss the fa­cil­ity in Barra called St Bren­dan’s.

Western Isles MSP Alas­dair Al­lan wel­comed the news. He said: ‘ The de­lays to this im­por­tant pro­ject are some­thing I have raised in the past. It is beyond doubt that the cur­rent build­ing has to be re­placed.

‘Re­cent cor­re­spon­dence I have re­ceived from the health sec­re­tary, Shona Ro­bi­son, in­formed me that the gov­ern­ment ex­pects NHS Western Isles to sub­mit the out­line busi­ness case in late spring or early sum­mer.

‘This is very wel­come progress and I look for­ward to learn­ing more de­tails about the timetable when I next meet with the health board.’

Barra Coun­cil­lor Don­ald Man­ford added: ‘My­self and other mem­bers of the pro­ject board had a pos­i­tive meet­ing with the health board.

‘I am sat­is­fied that the pro­ject seems to have been pulled back on track. There is still a great deal of work that needs to be done and there is a tight time­line. How­ever, we are now mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

‘It is widely recog­nised that the cur­rent hospi­tal is un­fit for pur­pose and that a new fa­cil­ity has been needed for some time.’

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