Rotherham health services not affected by NHS cyber attack

By Dave Doyle | 12/05/2017 0 comments

Rotherham health services not affected by NHS cyber attack
Rotherham Hospital

AN APPARENT cyber attack on NHS England is not currently affecting services in Rotherham.

Health trusts around the country have suffered IT failures today (Friday), prompting some to turn patients away from A&E.

Some phone and email systems are down, with medics resorting to pen and paper at some hospitals.

But a spokeswoman for Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust said this afternoon that, while she was aware of issues elsewhere, local systems were not affected.

A spokesman for Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Trust said that service was experiencing no IT trouble.

And a spokesman for Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals — which oversees Montagu Hospital — said systems there were not affected either, as of this afternoon.

As of 3.30pm today, 16 NHS organisations had reported receiving messages prompting computer-users to send money, an NHS Digital statement said.

It added: “The investigation is at an early stage but we believe the malware variant is a Wanna Decryptor.

“At this stage we do not have any evidence that patient data has been accessed.

“We will continue to work with affected organisations to confirm this.”

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