Lansley faces no confidence vote
The Health Secretary is facing a vote of no confidence after nurses accused him of not having the "guts" to speak to thousands of them.
Andrew Lansley has been heavily criticised for declining an offer to deliver a speech at the Royal College of Nursing conference in Liverpool.
Instead, he has decided to hold a 45-minute Q&A with just 50 nurses as part of the Government's "listening exercise" on the controversial NHS reforms.
Angry nurses have demanded to know why he will not deliver a speech during his visit, and are to vote on an emergency motion of no confidence in his ability to direct the reforms.
The Government has come under repeated attack over the Health and Social Care Bill and is now using a "pause" in the passage of the legislation to listen to concerns.
To loud applause, Julian Newell, an A&E nurse from Sheffield, told the conference on Tuesday: "I think it's a shame Andrew Lansley does not have the guts to come up and face congress as a whole tomorrow.
"I'm not sure it's the right thing to say we'll have a selected group of small people to meet with him.
"I would rather us say if you can't face congress as a whole then we don't want to meet with him."
Health minister Anne Milton delivered a speech to the conference on Tuesday and said later defended Mr Lansley.
"I'm sure he's got the guts to talk to all of them. I'm sure he'd be very happy to talk to all of them, I think it's probably just fitting it into conference."