Doctors have warned of worsening conditions in overstretched hospitals [Image: Getty Images].

I hear the NHS deficit – the difference between the funding the government supplies and what it needs – will be £22 million a year by 2020.

And in his Budget, Philip Hammond offered £325 for the service-slashing ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plans’ that are set to ruin the English NHS even further. That’s something like two per cent of what is needed in a single year.

No wonder some people call him “The Undertaker”. No doubt he and his Tory chums think waiting times will improve after everybody waiting to be seen has died.

January was the worst month on record for hospital A&E departments, with more patients than ever waiting over four hours to be seen, official figures have revealed.

NHS England statistics showed 85.1 per cent of patients were seen in four hours or less – down from 86.2 per cent in December and below the Government’s target of 95 per cent.

Nearly 80,000 seriously ill patients spent more than four hours waiting on trolleys to be treated after being admitted to A&E, with an unprecedented 988 patients waiting on trolleys for longer than 12 hours.

The number of 12-hour trolley waits has jumped from 550 in December, while in January 2016, 158 people waited more than 12 hours for treatment. In January 2015, this number was 650.

There were 1.2 million visits to A&E in January.

Source: NHS sees worst month ever as A&E waiting times hit new record in January

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