The HSJ said that while the number of patients waiting two months for cancer care had fallen, the number waiting three months had risen.
NHS England has told patients to continue to call 999 for life-threatening emergencies but to use 111, GPs and pharmacies for non-urgent needs.
Paramedics, emergency care assistants, call handlers and other staff will stage a major walkout on Wednesday.
Boris Johnson’s manifesto preceded the war in Ukraine, the cost-of-living crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Rishi Sunak or Penny Mordaunt will face an in-tray piled high with problems.