By Vanessa Chalmers Health Reporter For Mailonline
Published: 14:43 BST, 11 July 2019 | Updated: 14:44 BST, 11 July 2019
The NHS waiting list has hit another record high with almost 4.4million people now waiting for routine treatment.
For a third month running the figure has risen to be the worst ever, increasing by a quarter of a million people between February and May alone.
Other statistics revealed today show the number of A&E patients stuck on trolleys waiting for an inpatient bed has increased by 70 per cent in a year.
Health leaders said the next Prime Minister must tackle the problem or risk 'chaos' in the health service.
With waiting times at A&E departments worse in May and June this year than in the run up to Christmas, it has been feared the NHS is now in a 'year-round-crisis'.
The NHS waiting list has hit another record high with almost 4.4million people waiting for treatment. The shocking figure jumped up for a third month running, rising by a quarter of a million from February to May alone
The Royal College of Nursing Director in England, Patricia Marquis, said this figure did not come as a shock.
'This is no surprise when NHS England themselves attribute the delays highlighted in the monthly waiting time statistics to "continued staffing and bed pressures"', she said.
'A new Prime Minister will have no alternative but to get a grip on this situation.
'Today's statistics show that whether it's a hospital treatment, a cancer diagnosis or care or a simple GP appointment, patients are having to wait longer and longer.
Figures revealed today by the BBC showed almost three out of four NHS hospitals failed to hit an NHS target of treating 85 per cent of cancer patients within 62 days of their GP referral.
Some 94 out of 131 NHS trusts missed the target in 2018/19 – a rise from just 36 five years earlier.
In the worst performing trust last