Published On: Fri, Mar 20th, 2020

Coronavirus UK: Critical care nurse urges people stop panic-buying in emotional appeal | UK | News

Heartbreaking footage of a critical care nurse unable to buy food at the end of a 48-hour shift has sparked a huge response across the country. Dawn Bilbrough took to social media to post a video in which she urged people to stop panic buying food in the middle of the coronavirus crisis. The 51-year-old critical care nurse tearfully pleaded with the public to “please, just stop it”.

In the emotional video, Ms Bilbrough, from York, revealed she had just finished a 48-hour shift as the coronavirus crisis takes its toll on UK health workers.

Appealing to the country, the critical care nurse explained that she had just wanted to pick up some “basic food” before her next shift.

However, she was left unable to do so because the supermarket she visited had entire shelves “stripped of food”. 

Ms Bilbrough was reduced to tears after the incident, prompting her to make a plea to the general public.

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Ms Bilbrough says: “I’m a critical care nurse and I’ve just finished 48 hours of work and I just wanted to get some stuff in for the next 48 hours.

“There’s no fruit, there are no vegetables and I just don’t know how I’m supposed to stay healthy.

“Those people who are just stripping the shelves have basic foods you just need to stop it because it’s people like me that are going to be looking after you when you are at your lowest and just stop it please!”

The heart-wrenching video was aired repeatedly on BBC Breakfast this morning, as host Naga Munchetty asked Health Secretary Matt Hancock for a response.

He urged supermarkets to add key service workers like NHS staff to its early opening shopping hour, which currently serves the elderly and vulnerable 

Following the rise in panic buying, supermarket chains like Tesco and Sainsbury’s have announced that they will be restricting customers to only buying three of any grocery item.

In his address to the nation yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged the country to stop panic buying and be “reasonable” when they went to the supermarkets.

He said: “We’ve got good supply chains and farms, there’s no reason for shops to be empty.

“Everyone understands why people are buying stuff – we’re being advised to stay at home if we have symptoms.

“However, please be reasonable in your shopping and be considerate of other shoppers as you do it.”

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