Saturday, 13 May 2017

NHS forced to turn away patients amid cyberattack chaos

Hospitals across the country have been forced to cancel and delay patient operations after a global cyberattack crippled computer systems.
At least 30 health service organisations in England and Scotland have been affected by the hack attack, while others shut down servers as a precautionary measure to avoid contagion.

People have been advised to avoid going to accident and emergency unless absolutely necessary, while staff had to resort to using pen and paper and use their own mobile phones after IT networks failed.

Across the world, up to 99 countries have reportedly been targeted by the attack that locked up computer and held users' files for ransom, with Russia appearing to be hardest hit.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who is to chair an emergency COBRA meeting to discuss the crisis later, could not confirm if all patient files had been backed up.

She said it was "disappointing" some hospitals had been using the outdated Windows XP operating system, despite being instructed not to by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Ms Rudd told Sky News: "Where the patient data has been properly backed up, which has been in most cases, work can continue as normal because the patient data can be downloaded and people can continue with their work."

SKY        News.