Responding to NHS England’s monthly performance statistics, Danny Mortimer, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “These figures lay bare the enormous, and increasingly untenable, pressure the NHS is under. Sadly, the numbers waiting for treatment will grow as a result of the rapid rise in COVID-19 infections since December.
“This demonstrates all too clearly the relentless backlog building up as a result of the COVID-19 emergency.
"Our members have worked especially hard to maintain services for their sickest and most clinically urgent patients. NHS organisations are, however, hugely concerned about the delays in treatment resulting from the pandemic.
"The period of respite in the summer and autumn resulted in long-term improvements to the way NHS organisations organise and deliver services, but they will still need significant support to tackle the growing number of people waiting far too long for their care. This support, as we have consistently. pointed out will need to be well beyond that announced by the Chancellor."