Special Delivery Unit chief Tony O'Brien defends hospital wait timesMonday 21 May 2012 16.23
The chief operating officer of the body tasked with bringing down hospital waiting times has defended its work to date, after figures showed an increase in the number of people waiting longer than six months for an operation or medical procedure.
Tony O'Brien of the Special Delivery Unit said a policy of ensuring nobody should wait longer than 12 months had worked and was a "huge achievement".
He said the number of people waiting longer than 12 months had come down by 84% since the SDU was established last year.
Figures show that 11,704 adults are currently waiting longer than six months - up from a figure of 9,469 when the Government took office.