A planned shake-up of NHS jobs could leave Pontefract Hospital with no security guards, a union claims.
Public sector union Unison has raised fears for the safety of staff and patients if a re-organisation of security jobs by Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust goes ahead.
Unison’s Adrian O’Malley said he had been told, in a meeting with trust management, that the hospital could lose its security cover.
He said security guards would have to travel over from Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield to respond to incidents of aggression towards staff.
He said: “The trust are considering taking security staff off the site at Pontefract and covering it from Pinderfields with a 50-minute response time.”
Mid Yorkshire denied the claims, saying security staff would still be based at Pinderfields.
But Mr O’Malley said the proposals meant 10 security workers would lose their jobs.
He said: “These plans would put our members, staff and patients at Pontefract at risk. It’s unbelievable. Anything could happen in 50 minutes.
“Pontefract isn’t the biggest accident and emergency department but you still get a lot of people coming in, some of whom can be intimidating and aggressive towards hospital staff.
“Nobody has asked people at Pontefract what they think of the plans and there are a lot of staff who are worried about the plans.
“They have not consulted staff about it at all. The only reason we know about it is from meeting with trust management.”