Wednesday, 13 April 2011 00:00
Health secretary Andrew Lansley has received an overwhelming vote of no confidence at the Royal College of Nursing annual conference.
Only six nurses voted against the measure, with thirteen abstentions. Seventy-eight members backed the motion, resulting in the first vote of no confidence in a health secretary for 30 years.
NHS reforms have taken centre stage during parliament's half-term recess after the government promised to launch a "listening exercise" to improve the health bill.
The controversial reforms have come under fire from health professionals, including the nursing union.
Mr Lansley's decision not to address the entire RCN conference has only fanned the flames.
He instead held a 45-minute Q&A session with around 60 nurses.
Labour leader Ed Miliband also spoke about the NHS at a press conference to highlight Labour's opposition to the government's plans.
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