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Western Isles NHS has been accused of leaving a community asset to rot.  


Calagorm, the former GP surgery in Castlebay, remains on the market despite community interest to purchase the building.

Calagorm was bequeathed to the people of Barra and Vatersay by a former GP and it was then passed to NHS Western Isles is offering it for sale at an “unrealistic” £195,000 - 60% over its estimated value.


The building has lain unsold since 2014 and the Barra community has expressed an interest in this building as a community hub.




“Overpricing” leaves health board asset “rotting”

6 December 2017

Angus MacNeil MP said: “ It is time NHS Western Isles took action and sold this building at a realistic price.

“NHS Western Isles have told me that the proceeds of the sale of this building will go towards the much needed new St Brendan's Hospital and Care Home.


“It now appears that they will not comment on what the implication would be for St Brendan’s if they were unable to sell this building, this is a matter of concern.”

“Calagorm has been on the market for over three years.


“The health board is trying to sell a building which is clearly over-priced, well above its market value and rather than allowing this building to fall into greater disrepair, NHS Western Isles must take action.

“People in the community are exasperated. Calagorm is becoming an increasing eyesore in Castlebay and the public purse and the local community are losing out.”