Proposals for a radical shake-up of Leicester's hospitals have triggered a backlash over a £1m breast-care unit.

Leicestershire health authority is discussing proposals which could create up to 200 hospital beds in the city in 10 years' time, but would mean the relocation of other services.

The HA is reviewing two options, of which one would mean two acute sites and one rehabilitation hospital in 2010, instead of the three acute sites Leicester has now. Glenfield Hospital would become a rehabilitation hospital, while Leicester Royal Infirmary and Leicester General Hospital would remain acute sites.

Glenfield's breast-care centre and intensive care and heart surgery service would transfer to Leicester General. Former Lord Mayor Ray Flint, who led the drive to build the breast-care unit, said the proposal was 'disgraceful, disgusting and unbelievable'.

Hilary Daintith, director of the county's breast-screening service, said morale has plummeted among centre staff since the proposed shake-up was made known.

The second option would be for Leicester General to become the rehabilitation site, with kidney transplant services moving to Glenfield.