The number of people stuck on NHS waiting lists has grown by more than 2,000 every month since David Cameron became PM, the Mirror can reveal.
An extra 60,000 patients are now waiting for treatment compared to May 2010, official figures show.
Under Labour there were 2,573,895 people waiting.
But by June this year, the latest statistics available, the figure had reached 2,637,799.
The number of patients who have waited more than 18 weeks has also increased by more than a thousand, from 20,662 to 21,850.
Since becoming PM, Mr Cameron has overseen real-terms cuts to the NHS budget on top of the biggest-ever overhaul of the service, despite promising “no more top down re-organisations”.
Labour MP Andy Burnham said the NHS was going backwards under the Coalition.
“On Cameron’s watch, the NHS is heading back to the 1980s and 90s when patients faced the agonising choice of waiting for treatment or paying to go private.”
Today’s revelations are just the latest blow to Cameron’s credibility on the NHS.
Last year an official report found surgery was being deliberately delayed so patients would go private or die before they reached the top of waiting lists.
Earlier this year it also emerged that patients spending more than four hours in casualty had jumped 40% in a year.
Yesterday officials blamed the “fluctuation” on the extra bank holidays in June and industrial action by the BMA.
Daily Mirror website, 20 August 2012