The demand on NHS Scotland has increased, since 2012, by 43% in the number of patients waiting for a first outpatient appointment. Despite these increases:
‘New Outpatients at 30 June 2018: 75.1% of patients waiting for an appointment had been waiting 12 weeks or less. This compares with74.9% at 31 March 2018 and 74.6% at 30 June 2017.’
In NHS England:
‘[T]he number of patients now [April 2018] waiting longer than they should has topped 500,000 for the first time since 2008, although some trusts have had problems reporting data in previous months which has kept the figures lower than they were in reality.’
In Scotland, according to the same ISD report, around 18 000 had been waiting more than 12 weeks in April 2018.
Scotland has 10% of the population of England. Thus, if the problem was comparable in Scotland to that in England, there would’ve been 50 000 waiting for beds in April 2018. Therefore, the waiting times problem in England is nearly three time greater.