A NEW blow has been dealt to Neath Port Talbot Hospital support staff after it was revealed the health board is looking to reduce their numbers.
Last week, the Courier's sister paper the Evening Post revealed that Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (AMBU) Health Board was looking to centralise switchboard services to the Princess of Wales in Bridgend.
But a spokeswoman for ABMU said it was still in the early stages of consultation and no decision had been made.
Now it has been confirmed consultations are also ongoing with porters, car park attendants and security staff.
She said: "Two formal consultations with staff are currently taking place about the future of some support services.
"We are looking at the possibility of centralising switchboard services from Neath Port Talbot Hospital to the Princess of Wales Hospital. Also we are reviewing the number of porters, car park attendants and security staff at Morriston, Neath Port Talbot and the Princess of Wales Hospitals and the number of porters and car park attendants at Singleton Hospital."
She added: "We are still in the early stages of consultation and no decisions have been made. It is important to highlight that there will be no redundancies should the proposed changes go ahead."
Last week in the Post, Aberavon Councillor Tony Taylor raised concerns about the image such consultations were giving to members of the public.
He said: "Everybody outside the hospital, the public, are forever thinking the hospital is being downgraded. We need expansion, not contraction."
Neath East councillor Sandra Miller, who is Unison branch secretary for Neath Port Talbot, said the union were already planning to meet with staff to discuss the proposals.
She said: "We want to secure as many jobs as we possibly can and that's where I am working with staff to ensure that as many jobs are secured without too much upheaval."