The number of people waiting over a year for hospital treatment in England has hit its highest levels since 2008.
Patients are meant to be seen within 18 weeks - but nearly 140,000 of the 4.35 million on the waiting list at the end of September had waited over a year.
Surgeons said it was "tragic" patients were being left in pain while they waited for treatment, including knee and hip operations.
And others warned the situation could become even worse during winter.
In recent weeks, major hospitals in Bradford, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham and Liverpool, which have seen hi