Professional nurses at the Birmingham NEC face the axe and could be replaced by security and traffic personnel who double up as part-time first-aiders.
The exhibition centre has angered Unite union members at the sprawling complex with plans to replace a team of four nurses with first-aiders from its security and traffic employees.
NEC bosses have drawn up proposals to restyle the site’s two medical centres as first-aid rooms, with the nursing staff under threat of redundancy.
But the plans, to be implemented from April 20, have alarmed union members.
Unite regional official John Partridge said: “Our members have expressed their concerns to me that there is going to be no professional medical care at the NEC and it looks like the nurses are going to be made redundant.
“We do not really feel that people who have been through a few days’ first-aid courses are going to fill the gap. We would be asking the company to think again on this.”
In a letter to staff outlining the changes, NEC managing director Kathryn James said: “At present, the NEC venue currently provides two streams of first response medical first aid.
“The first is from our security and traffic personnel. Security/ traffic first responders are trained and qualified to varying degrees in front line first aid ranging from responder first aid to emergency first aid. We have in excess of 300 first aid trained responders within security and traffic.
“The second stream of medical first aid is via a team of four nurses based within one of the two fully equipped medical centres.
“The proposals include removing the second stream of first aiders (nurses) and utilising the NEC’s first aid trained security and traffic personnel to initiate the first response call within the NEC Venue, and to re-name the two medical centres as first aid rooms.
“This may, regrettably, result in some redundancies, and is a decision that has not been taken lightly.”