Some 4.3 million people were expecting similar hip and cataract ops at the end of September when hospitals are intended to treat patients within 18 weeks
Delays for routine operations are at its poorest level since January 2009, NHS England data display.
Some 4.3 million people were expecting similar hip and cataract ops in late September.
Hospitals are designed to treat patients who need urgent care within 18 weeks – but 13.3 percent, approximately 570,000, have been waiting longer.
This is the worst result for almost a decade when the figure was 14.5 percent.
Emergency councils hit a record high last month of 542,435 – an increase of 5.7 percent in one year.
Tom Sandford, from the Royal College of Nursing, said: "Everywhere you see our care system buckle."
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Rob Harwood, from the British Medical Association, said, "We no longer experience a winter crisis in the NHS – it is now a real year-round crisis.
"These numbers should call alarm clocks for NHS and government when we approach the winter."
NHS England said: "NHS continues to take care of more and more people who need our care".