SIPTU delegates have voted unanimously in favour of a call on the Government to lift the embargo on recruitment into the health services and to immediately fill all vacate positions at the union’s Biennial Conference taking place in City Hall, Cork, today (9th, October). Proposing an emergency motion on the issue, SIPTU Health Division President, Broc Delaney, said: “The HSE is operating a recruitment embargo across all grades in the health service and related agencies. Across the country, hundreds of vacancies exist throughout the health service, posts which have been identified by managers delivering services and approved on paper for immediate filling.” He added: “Notwithstanding the appalling impact on sick and vulnerable people the embargo is also creating a dynamic for outsourcing of health services to the private sector and breaching protections which were hard fought for in public service agreements.The pressure on existing health service staff has brought them to breaking point. The concern of our members for their patients and those in their care is driving this call for a complete lifting of the staffing embargo.”