“The forthcoming Autumn Statement offers an opportunity for the Government to provide more money for the NHS and social care, and to agree to a cross-party commission to review how we can make the NHS sustainable for the long term.”Without a serious look at what the NHS needs in funding, we will remain in a state of constant winter.”Find out more about Telegraph Private Health Insurance provided by AXA PPP. Limited Offer: 2 months FREE + a £50 M&S voucher when you join before 1 November 2016. Conditions applyA spokeswoman for NHS England said: “It is important patients who are well enough to leave hospital can do so at the earliest opportunity, and these figures underline the importance of joined-up care within the NHS and the dependence of hospitals on well-functioning social care services – particularly for older people living at home.” The number of patients delayed at midnight on the last Thursday of July – used to provide a snapshot of levels of bed blocking – is also at a record high, the figures show.There were 6,364 patients taking up beds at this point, the highest monthly figure since the data was first collected in August 2010.Clare Marx, president of the Royal College of Surgeons, said bed capacity was a “major concern” and warned that the NHS would “remain in a state of constant winter” unless funding issues were addressed.She said: “Patients’ treatment is too often delayed because there is no space on wards for them after their operations.”Unless the NHS and social care does more to help patients leave hospital sooner and the elective bed capacity increases, I fear we will not see waiting times improve. Without a serious look at what the NHS needs in funding, we will remain in a state of constant winterClare Marx, Royal College of Surgeons president The number of days lost through so-called “bed blocking” in England is at its highest monthly level on record, new figures show.Patients taking up beds when they no longer required hospital care took up 184,188 days in July compared to the 147,376 days in the same period last year, according to NHS England data.Reader Service: Get fast track appointments with Telegraph Private Health Insurance provided by AXA PPPThe figure, the highest since records began in 2010, marks a rise from the 171,298 days lost through bed blocking in June.Bed blocking occurs when someone is medically fit to be discharged, but care has not yet been organised to help them outside of hospital. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.