New NHS figures show the health service in England is performing at its worst ever level against key targets on A&E, cancer care and the wait for operations.
Some 4.42 million patients – the highest ever number – are on the waiting list for treatment, while one in six patients waits too long in A&E and there are longer waits for cancer care and operations such as hip replacements.
Health charities and think tanks have described the NHS as in crisis, with emergency care doctors saying the service is “imploding”.
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