One in eight people are on some form of waiting list for hospital treatment in Scotland, according to the latest figures.

Data from Public Health Scotland (PHS) revealed an additional 28,000 had been added to pending treatment waitlists in the first three months of 2022.

Those awaiting planned procedures such as hip replacements had increased by more than a third during the Covid-19 pandemic, while one in nine have spent more than a year without undergoing care.

The Scottish Government said the pausing of elective procedures during the shutdown and the outbreak of the Omicron and BA.2 subvariants had “added to existing significant pressure” on health services.

But opponents have accused health secretary Humza Yousaf of allowing waiting lists to “spiral out of control” warning the NHS faces a “summer crisis” unless the backlog is tackled.

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