According to Chamber, 22,500 people have been waiting more than two years for treatment at the start of 2022, when Mr Sunak pledged as Chancellor to raise taxes in order to pay for the backlog.
The Government is already bracing for the crisis looming this winter, creating so-called “war rooms” designed as 24/7 “care traffic control centres” in every local area.
The hubs, led by teams of clinicians and experts, will manage demand and capacity across England by constantly tracking the number of beds available and people attending hospital.
But the crisis is still expected to be significant. Health chiefs in Scotland warned only yesterday that there will be “signficant excess deaths” this winter, with one health board saying it will work with undertakers to ensure burials and cremations can keep “pace”.