Royal College of Midwives chief executive Cathy Warwick explains why the RCM is calling on ministers to drop the health and social care bill completely:

"The government has failed to present sufficient evidence that its proposals are necessary.

"They have failed to present evidence that the upheaval will result in an improvement in services to the people of England.

"And they have failed to answer the concerns of the people who fear for the future of the NHS under these plans.

"Breaking up what we have, embracing the private sector, and injecting full-blown competition and market forces is not what the NHS needs or what health professionals and patients want.

"We join the growing chorus of voices calling for the bill to be withdrawn, and the proposed reforms stopped in their entirety."