Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

A&Es 'fully open' again — NHS cyber attack

A&Es 'fully open' again — NHS cyber attack

The U.K. National Health Service (NHS) was among the worst hit organisations, forcing hospitals to cancel appointments and delay operations as they could not access their patients' medical records. More attacks are anticipated throughout the working week as companies and organisations turn on their devices.

Mr Hunt has come under fire for failing to appear in public since the attack, which hit 47 trusts in England and 13 Scottish health boards.

Meanwhile, Labour and the Liberal Democrats have demanded an inquiry into the attack, though home secretary Amber Rudd told the BBC that the government had the "right plans" in place to limit the attack's impact.

It was feared that NHS workers returning after the weekend would experience another spike in attacks as the malicious software could have infected more computers since Friday.

Numerous nearly 8,000 doctors' surgeries in England were also affected, warning of delays as doctors reverted to paper records and appointments.

NHS bosses are confident that south Essex experienced only minor issues, and that patient care was largely unaffected.

"Again, any patient with a hospital appointment should attend as normal". It is not clear why it took so long for NHS Digital to send it, or why so many trusts failed to update their systems once notified.

Labour has accused the Government of a "chaotic" response, and claimed cuts had left hospitals "wide open" to being compromised.

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said it has not been affected by the attack but Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust communications manager Roy Probert said the trust is still remaining vigilant.

Asked if warnings had been ignored, Mrs May said: "No".

The Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading has been running a normal service and said that anyone with appointments should continue to attend as expected. New versions of the worm are expected, the experts said, and the extent - and economic cost - of the damage from Friday's attack were unclear.

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