The government faces its toughest battle so far in its bid to push controversial measures in the Health and Social Care Bill through the House of Lords this week.

As the bill reached its delayed report stage on Tuesday, Liberal Democrat and Conservative peers were set to challenge the government over abolition of community health councils, the definition of nursing care, the health secretary's powers of intervention, compulsory care trusts and the patient information measures now outlined in clause 68.

Opposition peers have tabled amendments that could see the most controversial clauses deleted altogether if the government does not make concessions.

Lib Dem health spokesman Lord Clement-Jones was confident his side 'would win some votes' in the debate.