With staff shortages and everyone overworked nurse David Hide wants to know why experienced co-worker Lisa ‘Duffy’ Duffin has been sidelined to clerical duties by their boss Charlie Fairhead. Meanwhile in Casualty Jade and Iain’s careers are on the line and Connie calls for stricter protocols. Elsewhere, is Ruby in danger from a seemingly harmless admirer?

Warning! Contains Casualty spoilers!

Charlie and David fight!

David discovers that no good deed goes unpunished when he sticks up for junior nurse Jade

David discovers that no good deed goes unpunished when he sticks up for junior nurse Jade

There’s tension in the ED this week among the overworked nursing personnel. But when David asks Charlie about his decision to put Duffy on administrative detail, while everyone else struggles to keep hospital deadlines, he comes into unexpectedly violent conflict with Charlie!

Unknown to David, and everyone else, Duffy’s estranged husband has taken her off medical rotations since finding out she’s been diagnosed with vascular dementia. Charlie is insisting they keep her illness secret from co-workers even though Duffy’s devastated by his decision to bury her shocking news.

With Charlie snapping at everyone, especially inexperienced junior nurse Jade Lovall, and Duffy clearly upset, this week David sets out to discover what exactly is going on. When he confronts Charlie at the end of a difficult shift, however, the situation quickly escalates!

Charlie panics as David begins to piece together that something is wrong with Duffy. As David inches closer to the truth stressed Charlie completely loses his temper and turns aggressive, causing David to retaliate! Is the situation about to turn ugly?

Duffy dreads going to work

Under pressure! Duffy's taken aback when David voices his concerns for her

Under pressure! Duffy’s taken aback when David voices his concerns for her

Nurse Duffy dreads another day doing paperwork while her co-workers struggle to deal with medical duties.

When Connie insists on Duffy’s presence in Resus because a pregnant patient needs urgent treatment, she rushes to fulfil the request.

Will Charlie stand in Duffy’s way of treating the frightened mum-to-be?

Read our interview with Cathy Shipton, who plays Duffy, for more!

Connie is on the warpath

Connie's raging! Probably not the best time to mention nursing shortages to her...

Connie’s raging! Probably not the best time to mention nursing shortages to her…

Connie is outraged to learn the ED is facing fines because of missed targets in the department and lays down the law with Charlie. This adds to the pressure Charlie’s feeling from all sides, and contributes to his physical showdown with David later!

Jade’s career hangs in the balance

Careering to unemployment? Jade needs Charlie's help in her hour of need

Careering to unemployment? Jade needs Charlie’s help in her hour of need

Junior nurse Jade discovers her nursing registration has been rejected because of a teenage misdemeanour. She desperately needs three glowing references to secure her future as a nurse. However, Jade is low down on Charlie’s to-do list! Will she be forced to wave goodbye to her career?

Jan makes a decision about Iain’s future

Iain and Jan talk. Will he take her advice?

Iain and Jan talk. Will he take her advice?

Depressed paramedic Iain Dean is called in for a return-to-work assessment this week by boss Jan Jenning. He’s adamant he wants to get back to paramedic duties, but is resistant to having much-needed therapy. Jan and Iain’s sister Gem do their bet to convince him he’s not yet well enough for the stresses of the job. Will Iain listen?

Also this week

Just what is Dani doing with Ruby's phone?

Just what is Dani doing with Ruby’s phone?

Charlie’s behaviour affects the entire ED department.

Jan attempts to make Iain an offer he can’t refuse… but will he agree?

Ruby is paid an unexpected visit from Dani. But when Ruby’s back is turned Dani alarmingly goes through Ruby’s phone.

Susie Blake and Ben Caplan guest star as a mother and son at crisis point, in a case that leaves doctor Rash bewildered.

And Dylan delightfully quotes Shakespeare and makes references to Dante – not that anyone appreciates it!