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Hospital waiting times at worst-ever level, latest target data reveals

Hospital performance in England is at its worst level on record, data shows.

Key targets for cancer, hospital care and A&E have been missed for over three years – with delays for hospital care and in A&E hitting their highest levels since both targets were introduced.

The monthly figures – the last before the election – prompted Labour and the Liberal Democrats to attack the Tories’ record on the NHS.

But Prime Minister Boris Johnson said “huge demand” was to blame.

All the parties are proposing to increase the NHS budget. The government announced a five-year funding plan last year, which would see the front-line budget rise by 3.4% a year up to 2023.

On Wednesday, Labour said it would spend more – 3.9% extra a year.

The Lib Dems are proposing to use a penny rise in income tax to invest extra in social care, mental health and public health.

Read more at BBC News.

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