England's emergency units open 'as normal' again after cyber attack

It follows the "ransomware" cyber-attack which left NHS trusts across the United Kingdom without access to IT facilities and patients records. And NHS Digital has said there is no evidence patient data has been compromised.

"We are grateful for the hard work of staff at trusts and GP practices who are still suffering IT issues but have found ways to work around this, as well as the patience of people who have been affected".

It's high time that health services take protective measures, inlcuding updating the systems with the latest versions as well as imparting the right training and tools to workers to mitigate this vulnerability or overcome such attacks in the future.

"There was no impact on Friday, Morecambe Bay Health Informatics, a local IT service, have done a sterling job to protect our systems and networks and have been helping us to make sure all our sites are functioning as normal".

RSN chief executive Graham Biggs said: "This is an extremely worrying situation for rural patients and for small rural practices which operate on a limited budget". Attempts to stop the cyber attack have prevented a large number of computers from becoming infected.

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GP practices will be working to get back to full operational capacity and concentrating on prioritising patients with the greatest needs.

Cyber security experts have said the majority of the attacks targeted Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan.

It was feared that NHS workers returning after the weekend would experience another spike in attacks as the malicious software could have infected more computers since Friday. "And this most recent attack represents a completely unintended but disconcerting link between the two most serious forms of cybersecurity threats in the world today - nation-state action and organized criminal action".

Reports suggest that the list of victims globally had more than doubled in the last few days, but Australia seems to have escaped the worst of the attacks with the Federal Government saying it and the country's critical infrastructure had been thus far unaffected.

British health minister Jeremy Hunt said on Monday it was "encouraging" that a predicted second spike of cyber attacks had not yet occurred, but the ransomware attack was a warning to public and private organisations.

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