Hospital staff across the country face constant pressure as they attempt to cope with too many patients, too few beds and a shortage of staff according to the latest Tonight programme.
And NHS doctors and watchdogs say pressures which used to be confined to winter time, now last all year long.
Tonight filmed in three hospitals: Colchester General, The Royal Devon and Exeter and Birmingham City Hospital's maternity department. Here staff tell us the pressures they face on a daily basis.
On the day we film, Colchester General's site matron, Elizabeth O'Brien is short of beds for those due to come into the hospital.
Colchester has opened a special winter pressures ward to cope with the huge demand and it has been full since January. The site matron says she hopes to close it next month.
Psychiatric patients are putting pressure on A&E. On the day we filmed at The Royal Devon and Exeter three psychiatric patients are in A&E. The psychiatric liaison team is desperately trying to find psychiatric beds for these patients.
At City Hospital, Birmingham, 22 babies are born on the day we film. Ward Manager Christina Lewis feels that there is so much demand for maternity services that women who have given birth feel pushed and rushed.
In addition, we are facing nursing crisis with 24,000 nurse vacancies in England and Wales, while in maternity we are more than 3,500 midwives short in England.
The Department of Health told us that nearly 7,000 midwives are now in training.
NHS England told Tonight that they’ll be publishing details soon of plans to improve patient care, cut admissions into hospital and reduce pressure on beds and staff.
The Department of Health said: There are many more doctors and nurses working on wards than in 2010 and that more than three million people were treated within the four hour target in December and January.
NHS: Crisis on the Frontline? is on ITV this evening at 7.30pm.