The single largest capital project planned by NHS Highland for 2011-12 has been delayed following a cut in funding from the Scottish government.
The board had proposed opening a day services centre at Raigmore hospital in Inverness.
It would have provided day surgery, endoscopy and renal services.
A reduction in funding from £29.9m it received for the current financial year to £13.6m for 2011-12 has led to the project's postponement.
NHS Highland said other significant projects would go ahead.
They include a cardiac catheterisation laboratory, called the Cath Lab, and a second linear accelerator, both at Raigmore.
The Cath Lab project has already started at a cost of more than £5m and should be completed in September this year.
Work to house the linear accelerator was completed about two years ago with the first machine arriving in January 2009.
The machines are part of a national radiotherapy replacement programme and NHS Highland said it hoped the second device would be installed by 2012.
Other projects proceeding are a new four-surgery dental facility in Dingwall costing just more than £1.3m and a £7m new health centre in Tain.