There are always problems in some direct comparisons between the UK health services (see below) but percentage changes and independent reports in the BMJ are reasonably comparable and illuminating.
According to a May 2018 report, in the BMJ:
‘The number of people waiting more than 18 weeks for NHS [England] treatment has increased by 35% in the past year, official figures show.’
In a comparable period, NHS Scotland reported:
‘In March 2018, for all Boards, 81.2% of patients were reported as being seen within 18 weeks. The figures for January and February were 81.0% and 81.0%respectively.’
NHS Scotland also reported:
‘88,544 patients in NHS Scotland were waiting for one of the eight key diagnostic tests and investigations. This is an increase of 14.6% compared with the number of patients waiting at 31 December 2017 and an increase of 14.6% since 31 March 2017.’
Once Ruth Davidson strong-arms Theresa May into giving more money for health care and into letting more migrants stay and work in it, NHS Scotland can only get better.
Footnote: On NHS England statistics unreliability: