South African Taking Precautions after Cyber Attack

A screenshot of the warning screen from a purported ransomware attack as captured by a computer user in Taiwan

A screenshot of the warning screen from a purported ransomware attack as captured by a computer user in Taiwan

Because of the cyber attack he has had to rely on pen and paper after being told to turn his computer on then leave it alone and await further instructions by NHS IT departments.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust has said all patients should attend their booked outpatient appointments and operations "as planned tomorrow (Tuesday) after 'significant progress" has been made in restoring IT systems following Friday's cyber attack.

"It is important to note that the vast majority of NHS organizations report that they are running contemporary IT systems, which are commissioned depending on local need", the NHS said in a statement. "It has been a very strong response", she said.

The trust was one of the first to confirm it had been affected by a cyber hack on Friday 12 May.

Dame Fiona and the Care Quality Commission wrote to Mr Hunt to highlight a "lack of understanding of security issues", the newspaper said, and that "the external cyber threat is becoming a bigger consideration".

"The message to patients is clear: the NHS is open for business".

"They have been working I know through the night nearly to make sure patches are in place to make sure that hopefully the NHS services can get back to normal", he told BBC radio.

Three days on and parts of the NHS remain struck down by a cyber virus.

East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust, which runs five hospitals in the county including William Harvey in Ashford and Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother in Margate confirmed it had avoided an attack.

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 on Friday.

"Although we have never seen anything on this scale when it comes to ransomware attacks, they are relatively common and there are things that you can do, that everyone can do, all of us can do, to protect ourselves against them", he said.

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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