NHS England has around 4,600 people on its lists who have been waiting longer than 18 months, compared to more than 17,000 in Scotland

How did NHS England slash its waiting lists - and are there lessons for Scot Govt?
Scotland is already trailing behind England when it comes to elective NHS activity and clearing the backlog of very long waits for treatment - but the gap might be about to get even wider. England's new health secretary, Wes Streeting, has set his sights on clearing waiting lists completely within the next five years through a combination of evening and weekend clinics plus greater use of the private sector.