Rishi Sunak unveiled his plan to address the crisis engulfing England’s A&E departments today, promising to deliver “the largest and fastest-ever improvement in emergency waiting times in the NHS’s history”.

During a visit to Country Durham, the PM insisted the two-year recovery plan – which will be introduced from April – is both “ambitious and credible.” Backed by a dedicated fund of £1bn, the government will roll out 5,000 new hospital beds this year – boosting capacity by 5% – and 800 new vehicles, increasing the ambulance fleet by 10%.