New care complex welcomed
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.’