Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned A&E units are unlikely to be able to avoid more long waits this winter despite a £500 million Government bailout that was designed to ease pressures.
Mr Hunt said he was determined to ensure hospitals met targets and was taking action to support front line services facing unprecedented patient numbers.
It is going to be very, very tough. But we can get through this winter. It is entirely possible to meet A&E targets, and I am determined we should.
A lot of things are happening to give support to the front line. But that's not to say we are not worried about it, because it is going to be very tough, and we understand that.
Prime Minister David Cameron last month announced a two-year funding boost, which includes £15 million for the troubled 111 phone service.
More top news
Sixties wildchild Marianne Faithfull has slammed pop stars Miley Cyrus and Rihanna as 'rubbishy sluts'.
High school player gives motivational post-match interview that is a cross between a sermon and an advert for the 'American dream'.
The first Pink Floyd album in more than 20 years, The Endless River, has been unveiled by the veteran rock band.