By Sam Blanchard Health Reporter For Mailonline
Published: 12:40 GMT, 14 March 2019 | Updated: 13:44 GMT, 14 March 2019
Nearly a quarter of a million NHS patients – 227,569 people – have been waiting more than six months for treatment, figures have revealed.
Experts said there is an 'urgent need' to clear the 'increasing backlog' of patients who need hospital treatment, and the NHS needs new beds to cope with them.
Statistics today revealed there are 4.16million people in England waiting for treatment – a number second only to 4.18m in October last year.
As hospitals are buckling under the pressure of growing demand despite a 'mild'