The variety of sufferers ready greater than a yr for non-urgent surgical procedure in England has risen sharply to the best stage in additional than six years.
The determine reached 3,517 in June – a rise of greater than 400 from Might – and the best since April 2012.
That is regardless of a pledge in 2014 by the then Well being Secretary Jeremy Hunt, to finish the “unacceptable” waits.
In the meantime, a survey discovered practically 40% of sufferers have been unable to get a GP appointment on the time they needed.
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Figures launched by NHS England additionally confirmed that the variety of individuals attending A&E reached an all-time excessive in July.
Attendances reached 2,176,022 that month, though the earlier document was in Might and A&E visits have been persistently going up.
It comes after the physique that represents NHS trusts final month warned that the summer time heatwave was including to pressures on well being providers.
NHS Suppliers mentioned some trusts had reported document numbers of individuals coming into A&E, usually for issues like respiratory issues and different circumstances made worse by dehydration.