* The number of patients waiting in the back of ambulances to be transferred into A&E has doubled over the last three years, leading to ‘ambulance queues’ forming outside English A&Es.
* Figures based on Freedom of Information requests to English Ambulance Trusts show that the number of patients who waited longer than half an hour to be transferred from an ambulance into A&E almost doubled – increasing from 99,661 in 2010/11 to 193,088 in 2012/13
* The figures also show a doubling in the number of patients who waited longer than 1 hour to be transferred from an ambulance into A&E – increasing from 14,580 in 2010/11 to 29,601 in 2012/13
* Figures for South Central Ambulance Trust also show a seven-fold increase in the number of patients who waited longer than 2 hours.
Jamie Reed MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, said:
"Patients and hospitals are paying the price for David Cameron’s mismanagement of the NHS, and decision to proceed with a top-down reorganisation of the NHS that he promised wouldn’t happen. The unfolding crisis in A&E is a clear and visible symptom of a system under pressure and there is no more visible sign than ambulances queuing up outside A&E.
"The Government has tried to blame everybody else for this chaos.
"The NHS needs leadership but instead it has David Cameron who is taking it backwards."