NHS works to curtail cyber attack damage

On Saturday, Interior Minister Amber Rudd said that 97 percent of the nation's health service trusts were "working as normal".

'While all GP practices will have access to their clinical systems, not all computers in each practice may yet be back in full operation, however it is anticipated they will by the end of Tuesday'.

A number of hospitals in England and Scotland were forced to cancel procedures after dozens of NHS systems were brought down in Friday's attack.

"The very nature of this particular malware, this sort of ransomware attack, is very potent because unlike more routine ones this one has used a sort of worm to exploit the operating system and bolted on a ransomware so that it spread incredibly quickly in hours not weeks or days", Wallace said.

Wallace denied that underinvestment in the NHS - a key claim of the opposition Labour Party ahead of the June 8 election - may have left health services exposed to such attacks.

He added: "We will provide a public update should the situation change".

NHS Digital said it had made health trusts aware last month of IT protection that could have prevented the damage.

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Accident and emergency services and other walk in services are continuing to report high numbers of people attending, many of those have minor illness and conditions which could be treated at home or with advice from a pharmacist.

"These alerts included a patch to protect their systems".

Seven hospital trusts were still experiencing problems earlier on Monday, among them St Bartholomew's Hospital in London, and Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

NHS Shetland appears to have been one of only three health boards in Scotland to have been unaffected by a worldwide cyber attack on Friday.

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

However Ms Rudd strongly denied warnings had been ignored.

University of Melbourne computing expert Dr Suelette Dreyfus believes it was possible local organisations had been hit, only they're keeping it under wraps.

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