No second spike in cyber attacks is 'encouraging' - British minister

"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".

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

Meanwhile, Dr Neil Paul, a GP in Cheshire, took a computer screenshot of the error message caused by the attack, which requested $300 worth of Bitcoins, the online currency.

Patients in eye departments were unaffected by the attack, yet many operations and appointments across the NHS were forced to be cancelled and rescheduled as a result.

She told MSPs: "At the moment we understand mainly Windows 2007 and Windows 2003 devices were affected and only a small number of Windows XP devices were affected". However, they have now confirmed that services have returned to normal.

At the time Prime Minister Theresa May said it was not an attack targeted at the NHS.

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A CYBER security chief from Birkdale has said more could have been done to stop the crippling cyber attack which has left Southport Hospital in chaos over the weekend.

In the case of this ransomware attack, Microsoft released a patch weeks before the attack hit, which would have protected systems by not permitting the ransomware to take hold.

A nationwide hack on the NHS servers had brought chaos and confusion to the trust - leaving many ambulances backed up at A&E, doctors unable to carry out certain procedures such as x-rays and scans and fears that private patient data had been stolen.

A total of 39 NHS services across England and Scotland were affected by the incident.

Theresa May said the attack was not targeted at the NHS, it was part of an global incident. "What we don't do in our NHS is micromanage it from the desk", he said.

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