The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPH) called for the Health Bill to be scrapped today - a mere three days after meeting the Prime Minister to discuss the controversial reforms.
RCPH president Terence Stephenson said the college never supported the Bill but now a clear and substantial majority of members believe it "carries risk for children and young people."
He said there was also "deep concern" among the wider health profession and public over the impact of the Bill on patient care.
The government's determination to push the Bill through is "creating disaffection amongst the very people who will be delivering these changes on the ground," he added.
A survey of 1,492 college members published today found 79 per cent want the Health and Social Care Bill scrapped.
They voted for the college to call for the "outright withdrawal" of the Bill rather than continue to push for amendments.
The move will be an embarrassment for the government which has come under fire for failing to get health professionals on board with the reforms.
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