Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, on today's publication of Dr Foster's Good Hospital Guide, said:
"This is a clear warning of an NHS showing increasing signs of distress and struggling to cope. Hospitals are being hit from all sides and struggling to function safely.
"Savage cuts to council care budgets are making it harder for hospitals to discharge patients, which results in pressure on beds backing up through A&E. It is why we hear stories all over England of ambulances queuing outside A&E departments unable to hand over patients.