Hospital waiting times in England are at a five-year high, figures released today showed.
Statistics from NHS England showed almost 2.9million were on the waiting list in June - up 250,000 on the same time last year.
There has also been a rise in cancelled elective operations, with 35,411 dropped in the first 6 months of 2013.
The regulator Monitor has said the increase in cancellations and rising waiting times can be traced back to the crisis in A&E.
Labour health spokesman Andrew Gwynne MP said: “Waiting lists for operations are at their longest in five years as hospitals grapple with David Cameron’s A&E crisis
“This year, thousands of extra patients are facing the agony of a long-awaited operation being cancelled as overflowing A&E departments need more and more hospital beds. Whole hospitals are being consumed by the crisis in A&E.
David Cameron wasted £3 billion on an NHS reorganisation that took the focus off patient care.
"At the same time, almost five thousand nursing jobs were axed and cuts to older people’s care budgets left thousands more vulnerable people arriving at A&E.
“This is further proof you can’t trust the Tories with the NHS.