More than 550,000 on Scottish hospital waiting lists

More than 550,000 on Scottish hospital waiting lists

May 31, 2022 by BBC News - Scotland

Key Facts

  • Image caption, Ruth Mitchell has finally had her knee op after a year and a half on a waiting list The number of people on hospital waiting lists in Scotland increased by almost 15,000 in three months, according to the latest figures.
  • More than 553,000 were waiting for outpatients or inpatients treatment at the end of March, equivalent to about one in 10 of the population.
  • The number waiting for treatment for planned procedures such as knee or hip operations has increased by more than a third since the Covid pandemic began in March 2020.
  • "But since the Covid pandemic and the suspension of planned operating, we are now having discussions about patients waiting for six to 12 months for surgery.

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