NHS England said more than 1.7 million patients were seen within four hours last month, an increase of 5.72 per cent on the daily average for the same month a year ago. At Mid Yorkshire nearly 2,000 patients waited on trolleys for more than four hours, up from 1,414 in December. It is also the only time extremely long "trolley wait" figures have breached 1,000. She was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital's A&E where tests revealed that she was suffering from sepsis, flu, pneumonia and a fungal infection.
The Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt today accepted that it has been "very, very tough" on frontline services and blamed the worst flu outbreak in years.
But the embattled Health Secretary refused to say sorry to overworked doctors and nurses.
'When they signed up to go into medicine, they knew there would be pressurised moments.
Rebecca Jones, Communications Officer of the Bournemouth and Christchurch NHS Trust, said: "Seeing patients coming through our Emergency Department in a timely manner isn't just an ED team effort, it's the whole hospital working together as a unit to ensure there are beds for incoming patients".
An NHS England spokesman said: "Despite the worst flu season in seven years, A&E performance improved this month".
He said: "It follows the Prime Minister's weird comment last month that cancelled operations were "part of the plan" for the NHS and that 'nothing is perfect".
Dartford and Gravesham hospital trust saw 10,682 people in A&E and 82% of those were seen within the four hour target.
This figure has only ever been beaten twice, including in January 2017, when the Red Cross dubbed the unprecedented pressures a "humanitarian crisis".
The latest figures come as it's revealed this winter has been one of the most challenging ever for the NHS in England.
There were 36 cases of ambulances being diverted to other A&E departments last week, compared with 43 in the previous week.
Just 77.1 per cent of emergency patients were either admitted to hospital, transferred or discharged within hours, against a national target of 95 per cent.
Similar performance is being recorded in Scotland, while Wales and Northern Ireland are doing even worse.
In January, there were 2,000,449 A&E admissions recorded across England - but 294,000 weren't seen within the four hour limit.
'Over a thousand of those had to wait a shocking 12 hours or more. "We need to start treating people in the community better".
'Staff can not be expected to continue absorbing this pressure indefinitely - a sustainable funding settlement and new workforce strategy is urgently needed'.
"Almost eight years of sustained underfunding of our health and care services have resulted in the worst winter crisis on record, with nearly 140,000 patients stuck in the back of ambulances for over 30 minutes".