WAITING list deaths doubled in Scotland as procedures were scrapped amid a focus on Covid-19 treatment.
New statistics revealed 381 people died while waiting for operations between April and June this year.
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The figures, obtained by The Times, show a major increase in the number of waiting list deaths from the average of 192 people in the same period.
During lockdown the number rose by 98 per cent when non-emergency hospital procedures were postponed or cancelled.
It was also 76 per cent up on figures from last year when 216 people died while awaiting operations between April and June.
On top of the increase in waiting list deaths, The Lancet revealed a mortality rate of 20 to 30 per cent was found in patients who developed coronavirus while in hospital for operations.