Coronavirus: NHS faces pandemic 'triple whammy' this winter

The NHS Confederation report on the English NHS said more investment was desperately needed.The NHS Confederation report on the English NHS said more investment was desperately needed.

The NHS bosses also called on ministers to be "honest and realistic" about waiting lists for treatment.

It comes despite the government promising an extra £3bn this winter.

That money - announced over the summer - was intended to:

But hospitals are still performing only half the number of routine operations they normally would.

Two million patients have already waited longer than 18 weeks for treatment, the highest number since records began, in 2007.

And services in other areas, such as cancer care, are running at about three-quarters capacity.

Of the more than 250 bosses who responded to the confederation's survey:

NHS Confederation chief executive Danny Mortimer said a sustainable plan had to be found for the NHS.

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