Ministers coordinate response after cyber-attack hits NHS 111

Ministers coordinate response after cyber-attack hits NHS 111

Ministers are working to coordinate a “resilience response” after a cyber-attack caused a significant outage across the NHS computer system. The outage affected services across the system such as patient referrals, ambulances being dispatched, out-of-hours appointment bookings, and emergency prescriptions. “I’m being regularly briefed on the incident affecting NHS 111 services across the UK,” the health secretary, Steve Barclay, said on Saturday. “NHS England has contingency plans in place in areas affected, and disruption to the service is minimal.” The attack was first spotted at 7am on Thursday by Advanced, a firm providing digital services for NHS 111. The company’s chief operating officer told the BBC the loss of service …
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