Spanish and Portuguese nurses fill the gaps in the NHS

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As Ines Goncalves begins her 12-hour shift at Queen Elizabeth hospital in King’s Lynn, she looks back over the year she has worked at the Norfolk hospital’s stroke unit. “It’s quite different from Portugal, the culture and the people. But I’m enjoying it,” says the 23-year-old nurse from Lisbon.

After graduating last year she was unemployed for five months before signing up with a recruitment agency who found her work in the UK. And she is not the only Portuguese nurse on her ward.”At the moment there are six or seven,” she says.

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