The statistics from the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) show that almost a quarter of ambulance capacity is now being lost to delays, up from seven per cent before the pandemic.
The organisation estimated that during October, 44,000 patients were put at risk of harm because of the waits they endured.
Martin Flaherty, the managing director of the AACE, said that the unprecedented delays were “crippling” the service, and putting patients in danger.
Prof Kamila Hawthorne, the chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said that family doctors had “serious concerns” about attempts to compare practices, and added that practices served very different populations.
“We worry that this data will be used to create arbitrary ‘league tables’ that don’t account for different patient demographics and ways of working,” she said.
“Those that appear at the bottom will face undue criticism at a time when the profession is already demoralised and working under intense pressures.”