Data regarding inpatient and diagnostic testing: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

Data used to support figures highlighted by the First Minister in a statement made at First Minister's Questions on 23 September.


For Outpatients, please see the details available through this link to Public Health Scotland’s website:, which shows that 257,576 new outpatients were waiting to be seen at 31 March 2020 compared to 326,099 waiting at 30 September 2018, a 21.0% reduction. These details also show that over that same period, the numbers who were waiting over 12 weeks for their outpatient appointment fell by over 32%. At 31 March 2020, 65,516 new outpatients were waiting over 12 weeks compared to 96,829 waiting at 30 September 2018, a 32.3% reduction.

For Diagnostics Tests, again please see the following links: and, which show that 13,500 patients were waiting over 6 weeks for one of the eight key diagnostic tests at 29 February 2020 compared to 18,887 patients waiting at 30 September 2018, a 28.5% reduction.

About FOI
The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at


Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

Back to top