SERIOUSLY ill patients face deadly delays as A&E departments endured their worst month ever in July, MPs warned last night.
Four in ten casualty patients had at least a four-hour wait to be seen by a medic.
A shocking 29,317 waited over 12 hours for a bed on a ward last month.
Meanwhile, paramedics recorded 85,397 life-or-death callouts as their average response time for the most serious incidents matched March’s worst-ever level — nine minutes, 35 seconds.
The surgery waiting list grew again in June to 6.73million. Just 59.9 per cent of cancer patients now start treatment within two months — a record low.
The British Medical Association called the NHS England figures “truly dire”.
NHS director Prof Stephen Powis said services were under “immense pressure” but it was working “to increase urgent and emergency care capacity and reduce call times ahead of winter”.