Nearly 100,000 seriously ill people (98,452) waited more than four hours for a bed after a doctor had made a decision to keep them in the hospital.
Dr Ed Garratt, who heads up the Suffolk and north east Essex integrated care team which includes Ipswich, Colchester and West Suffolk hospitals, said: "This is undoubtedly a challenging time, not only for our hospitals, but across the whole NHS landscape, including GP practices and the ambulance service, with an increased level of demand elevating pressure on staff and services".
December saw a record high number of category 1 ambulance call-outs - the most serious emergency - with nearly 10,000 people needing urgent help. Last year, just 51,000 patients waited a half-hour and 9,990 an hour or more.
And while The Yorkshire Post is the first to applaud NHS staff for their professionalism, and the fact that most emergency patients were still seen within the four-hour benchmark, the inaction of Mr Hancock is now rather troubling.
Katherine Henderson, president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said the NHS was "struggling to escape its spiral of decline".More news: Taco Bell offers $100,000 salaries and paid sick time
He said: "This is the result of an older, sicker population, more severe flu this winter, and years of under-investment in health and social care".
"With a large majority and a commitment to record investment, the Government has no excuse for inaction".
About 10,000 callouts were to the most serious, life-threatening cases - again the highest number recorded in a month and a rise of 16.6% from the previous year.
Attendances at A&E throughout 2019 were up nearly 5% on 2018, and rose 14.2% within three years, according to NHS England.
The number of people attending the trust's A&E departments last month increased by almost 3,000 from previous year, to 17,523.More news: Steven Gerrard admits that he thinks about Chelsea slip "every day"
NHS medical director Professor Stephen Powis said: "In 2019 we treated over a million more patients in our A&Es than the previous year".
Professor Stephen Powis, NHS medical director, said: "We have got more hospital beds open than last winter, but flu has come early and is around twice as high as this time past year". We need a long-term fix to this crisis, so that doctors can get back to doing what they do best - caring for their patients'.
"Improving the NHS is a priority of the Prime Minister and a record cash boost worth £33.9 billion extra by 2023/24 is being enshrined in law by the Government".
Around 84% of those on the waiting list had been waiting less than 18 weeks, thus not meeting the 92% standard.
Missed targets are now the norm with more than one in five people attending A&E waiting longer than four hours to be admitted to hospital, transferred or discharged home.More news: DeRozan scores 30, Walker tossed; Spurs beat Celtics