The row over controversial measures in the Health and Social Care Bill is set to reach a climax in the next fortnight as it reaches its report stage in the Lords, where the government does not have a majority.Liberal Democrat and Conservative peers have signalled their intention to challenge the government over the definition of nursing care, the health secretary's powers of intervention in the NHS, compulsory care trusts and the contentious patient information measures in clause 67.Negotiations between the government and opposition peers on possible compromise amendments were expected to continue up to the last minute as the government seeks to ensure safe passage for the bill before an election is called.

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