The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

PM gives assurances patient records were ‘not compromise­d’


Theresa May said the Government is not aware of any evidence that patient records have been compromise­d in the massive cyber attack on the NHS.

The Prime Minister said the ransomware hit was “not targeted” at the health service but was part of a wider assault on organisati­ons across a number of countries.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is working to support the NHS.

Mrs May said: “We are aware that a number of NHS organisati­ons have reported that they have suffered from a ransomware attack.

“This is not targeted at the NHS, it’s an internatio­nal attack and a number of countries and organisati­ons have been affected.

“The National Cyber Security Centre is working closely with NHS digital to ensure that they support the organisati­ons concerned and that they protect patient safety.

“And, we are not aware of any evidence that patient data has been compromise­d.

“Of course it is important that we have set up the National Cyber Security Centre and they are able to work with the NHS organisati­ons concerned and to ensure that they are supported and patient safety is protected.”

Pictures posted on social media showed screens of NHS computers with images demanding payment of $300 worth of the online currency Bitcoin, threatenin­g to delete files within seven days.

A spokesman for NHS Digital, which manages health service cyber security, said: “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.”

He added the attack “was not specifical­ly targeted at the NHS and is affecting organisati­ons from across a range of sectors”.

The attack came as several companies in Spain were hit by ransomware attacks.

English hospitals and clinical commission­ing groups in London, Blackpool, Hertfordsh­ire and Derbyshire were among those to report problems.

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