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Javid’s GP rescue plan will fail to ‘turn the tide’, says former Tory health secretary Jeremy Hunt – as it happened

Chair of Commons health committee joins Labour’s shadow health secretary in calling Sajid Javid’s plans inadequate. This live blog is now closed, for Covid updates, please follow our dedicated blog

GPs’ leader condemns ‘malicious criticism’ by politiciansJavid sorry for Covid losses but says he has not read report in detailRecord 5.7m people in England waiting for hospital treatmentPolice commissioner accused of victim blaming after Everard case resigns

The number of people waiting for hospital treatment in England has hit a record high of 5.7 million, as the NHS struggles to clear the growing backlog of care worsened by the pandemic, my colleague Andrew Gregory reports.

Whitty says the winter is going to be “exceptionally difficult” for the NHS.

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