Accident and emergency departments in England have failed to meet the target of 95% patients seen within four hours for a 20th week in a row, new figures reveal.
NHS England said 91.6% of patients were seen within four hours in the week ending February 15 - a marginal decrease from 92.9% the previous week.
The number of admissions also increased to the highest levels since Christmas with 420,700 patients - up from 407,000 the previous week.
Dr Barbara Hakin, National Director of Commissioning Operations for NHS England, said the increase had resulted in a "slight impact on waiting times".
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Legislation on whistleblowers will be fast-tracked in response to a major report into how thousands of NHS staff have been been bullied by colleagues after raising concerns about patient care, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced.
The review, lead by Sir Robert Francis QC, found some NHS staff were driven to the brink of suicide after voicing their concerns.
ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener reports:
A former nurse who helped lead the fight against shocking failings at Stafford Hospital told ITV News she "wasn't surprised" by the findings of a report into the treatment of NHS whistleblowers.
Helene Donnelly was a key witness in the Mid Staffordshire public inquiry and has recently been appointed as Ambassador for Cultural Change at the local NHS Trust.
Donnelly said: "It stands to reason that if I've experienced it in my Trust and I know of others who have as well, that there are going to be others who have suffered in the same way.
"All members of staff working in the NHS and social care have a duty to speak out if they see things that are not right, and we must create a culture where they can do that and feel safe."
The shadow health secretary has called for the recommendations on NHS whistleblowers to apply equally to social care.
Andy Burnham called it a "major concern" that social care was not covered by the Francis review.
Burnham told MPs, "It could be argued some of the poorest care being provided in England today is in social care settings, or indeed in people's own homes."
The government is "calling time on bullying, intimidation and victimisation" in the NHS, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told MPs.
ITV News Health Editor Rachel Younger reports:
Jeremy Hunt tells Commons "We are calling time on bullying, intimidation + victimisation which has no place in our NHS" #francisreport
Hunt: if trusts knowingly withhold information from patients they will face financial sanctions from NHS Litigation Authority
ITV News Health Editor Rachel Younger reports following the release of the Freedom to Speak Up review:
Whistleblower David Drew says Francis review underlines problems but failure to help those whose lives have been crushed is open sore on NHS
Whistleblower David Drew "we will be back campaigning for reopening of cases of sacked whistleblowers" http://t.co/c9Z1dqDJrc
The government will legislate to protect whistleblowers who apply for NHS jobs from discrimination by prospective employers, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced.
Hunt said he would accept the Francis review's recommendation in principle and then consult on a package of measures to implement them.
Jeremy Hunt has announced his response to a report into the treatment of NHS whistleblowers.
You can re-watch the Health Secretary's statement here: