The number of sick patients forced to queue in ambulances outside Accident & Emergency units has almost doubled in three years, new figures show, with some waiting more than eight hours for treatment.

Senior doctors said on Saturday they were growing increasingly fearful of an NHS winter crisis, with mid-summer figures showing waiting lists for operations at a six-year high.

The new statistics show that in 2013/14, 280,000 patients suffered “handover delays” at casualty units of at least half an hour.

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