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When Georgina Day became a nurse five years ago, she had dreams of becoming the next Florence Nightingale.

But the reality has been very different.

Georgina works as an A&E nurse in a London hospital.

Every shift, her team of just over 20 starts four nurses short because there are posts it cannot fill.

“It can be worse – if people are sick or agency staff don’t turn up. It makes providing good patient care difficult.”

She says the demands are huge – her department sees more than 400 patients a day.

But the shortages mean patients face delays or have to be given care, such as intravenous antibiotics, in corridors instead of in cubicles.

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