Anger at threat to axe doctor
Plastic surgery specialists are protesting at plans to make one their doctors redundant.
More than 50 people in the department at Leicester Royal Infirmary have signed a petition against the "unfair and ill-thought out clinical job loss".
Managers blamed a cut in the number of operations and the need to save money.
They said the number of patients being referred has more than halved in recent years, to 221 a year.
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust estimated the job cut would save the department £65,000.
The two associate specialist doctors have been told their jobs are at risk.
They will have to compete for the single doctor's post that is now available.
A hospital source, who asked not to be named, said: "The decision to cut this post is a foregone conclusion.
"This will be first of the frontline staff to lose their job, at a time when the trust said everything would be done to protect these jobs.
"There is a feeling among staff that this process has been unfair and focused on two associate specialist doctors and has not included the consultants."
Sarah Taylor, service manager in surgical specialities at Leicester's hospitals, said: "The department is seeing a decrease in referrals."
She said a 30-day consultation period, in which alternative options could be presented, was under way.