No data lost in cyber attack on Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital

Joanna Estrada
May 25, 2017

NHS Grampian said it remains "completely confident" no patient data was accessed in the ransomware attack, which hit 13 health boards across the country and countless nationwide, leaving some with a backlog of postponed appointments to contend with.

He highlighted that the government had invested £50 million in supporting NHS IT networks during its last strategic defence and security review, and insisted that individual trusts were well-equipped to ensure they could protect themselves against cyber-attack. The Home Secretary Amber Rudd will hold a meeting of the emergency COBRA committee later today.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed there had not been a second wave of attacks on NHS trusts and said it was "encouraging" that the level of criminal activity was at "the lower end of the range" anticipated.

"The National Cyber Security Centre and the NCA (National Crime Agency) are working with Europol and other global partners", said Rudd. We have been working with 47 organisations providing urgent and emergency care who have been infected to varying degrees. "What we don't do in our NHS is micromanage it from the desk", he said.

On Monday issues still remained and blood tests at the four hospitals are "unavailable until further notice".

He added: "Where we need to cancel planned appointments, we will be contacting patients directly to make them aware and we apologise for any inconvenience caused".

"There are clearly going to be some small businesses impacted. but as a whole of nation, we can be confident so far that we've missed the worst of this".

She said Britain was working with worldwide partners in the global manhunt to find the creators of the cyber attack.

Patients are being warned of slow service at surgeries, but patient data does not appear to have been compromised.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Mr Wallace said that IT staff had worked around the clock over the weekend to patch security systems and restore files at NHS trusts across the country.

The health service has been rebuked for using the outdated Windows XP operating system to store digital information, despite security updates for the software having been discontinued by Microsoft.

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