NHS cyber attack: A&Es ‘fully open’ again
Australian organisations will return to work as the local fallout from the weekend’s global cyber attack becomes clearer.
“On Friday and Saturday our accident and emergency department took in additional patients who had been diverted by ambulance from Barts Health NHS Trust, which includes Barts Hospital, the Royal London Hospital and Whipps Cross University Hospital and we received trauma patients from the Royal London Hospital once they were well enough to be moved, relieving the pressure on their hard-pressed services”.
NHS bosses are confident that south Essex experienced only minor issues, and that patient care was largely unaffected.
The local hospital trust and GP surgery said it was “business as usual” and they were running as normal.
The update says: “If you have a planned operation, procedure or outpatient appointment at a hospital affected by this incident, please visit the hospital website for further advice and information about routine services at this time”.
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.
‘There have also been other reports made to our online cyber security network and the difficulty is of course there are literally hundres of instances of ransomware in Australia each week and so we are now seeking to confirm whether these are examples of the particular ransomware that has cause so much havoc for example in the United Kingdom’.
“There are things you can do that everyone can do (.) in particular making sure that our data is properly backed up and making sure that we are using the software patches”, he said.
“I would like to thank all NHS staff who have been working hard to make sure the impact of this attack has been effectively managed”.
“Over the last 18 months, we have reduced the proportion of devices in the NHS that use the most vulnerable platform – XP – from 20% to less than 5%”, he said, but he admitted “lessons would be learned”.
“Small business owners should be pro-active about their cyber security in the wake of this ransomware campaign affecting computers around the world”, Tehan said.