In London, a total of 4164 waiting hours came together in the two weeks over the Christmas and New Year holidays, according to a BBC research. This increased the waiting time by around 63 percent compared to the same period in the previous year.
The London Ambulance Service said December was the most stressful month ever.
Affected people reported to the BBC on individual cases in which even stroke patients had to wait more than three hours for an ambulance to come to pick them up at home – but in some cases it was too late to be rescued.
In the West Midlands the waiting time increased by almost 50 percent during the period mentioned, but in other parts of England the situation also improved in some areas.
Although there are still a high number of Covid patients in the hospitals, the pressure has meanwhile eased somewhat and the waiting time for emergencies is shorter again, according to the NHS England health service. In the past few weeks, the number of new infections in the UK has decreased significantly. In the past week, the country has around 128 new corona cases per 100,000 inhabitants.