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Figures from NHS England were also released which showed more than 5,000 people were forced to wait more than an hour to be seen in emergency departments in the first week of January.

More than 16,600 people had to wait more than half an hour.

In one bright spot, the numbers of delayed transfers of care ie when a patient is ready to leave hospital were lower than at the same point for any of the past four years.

Glen Garrod, vice president of the Association for the Directors of Adult Social Services (Adass), said this was “evidence that putting extra funding into social care, as the Government has done this year, can bear fruit”.

Copson asked Hunt for help with the immediate financial impact of “exceptional winter pressures” exacerbated by the rising numbers of flu cases arguing that despite planning “more thoroughly” than ever before for winter, “it hasn been sufficient”.

The three page letter calls for the Government to commit to a long term increase to the NHS budget with 153bn being the sum which the Office of Budget Responsibility estimated was needed given projected increased demand for services.

He wrote: “The NHS is no longer able to deliver the constitutional standards to which it is committed. We need to be realistic about what we can provide on the funding available.”

“If we continue to run the NHS at close to 100% capacity, day in day out, permanently in the red zone, it not surprising that the service can cope when we get a high, but entirely predictable, spike in demand.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: “The NHS was given top priority in the recent Budget with an extra 2.8bn allocated over the next two years, and was recently ranked as the best and safest healthcare system in the world.

“We know there is a great deal of pressure in A departments and that flu rates are going up, and we are grateful to all NHS staff for their incredible work in challenging circumstances.
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