MSP Alasdair Allan and local councillor Donald Manford have welcomed movement on
the proposed new Barra care complex.
The Scottish Government expect NHS Western Isles to submit an outline business case
by early summer.
Alasdair Allan 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.”
“This is very welcome progress and I look forward to learning more details about
the timetable when I next meet with the Health Board.”
Cllr Donald Manford and other
members of the project board had a “positive” meeting with the health board.
Mr Manford said he is “satisfied” the development seems to have been pulled back
He added: “There is still a great deal of work that still needs to be done and there
is a tight timeline for us to engage with. However, we are now moving in the right
“It is widely recognised that the current hospital is unfit for purpose and that
a new facility has been needed for some time. Hopefully, that is now on the horizon
and I look forward to seeing the community in Barra fully engaged with the process.”