Covid has left a toxic legacy for the NHS, with hospitals facing a huge backlog, putting lives at risk, patient groups and staff are warning.
And in-depth analysis by BBC News has found:
waiting lists have ballooned at some hospitals in England, with more than one out of every 10 of patients in a quarter of trusts left at least a year without treatment
major disruption to cancer services, with some hospitals struggling to treat half of their patients within the target time of two months
concern growing for 45,000 "missing cancer patients", after drops in GP referrals and