Web Desk — Hospitals across Britain have been hit by a large-scale cyberattack. Some are having to divert emergency patients, with doctors reporting messages demanding money.
National Health Service (NHS) hospitals across the country were hit by a bug spreading through their IT systems. Doctors have been posting on Twitter about what has been happening.
Here’s what a London GP sees when trying to connect to the NHS network pic.twitter.com/lV8zXarAXS
— Rory Cellan-Jones (@ruskin147) May 12, 2017
Blackpool Hospitals, also affected, tweeted: “Our computer systems are experiencing problems and we are working hard on a solution. We will update you as soon as possible.”
Sky News reported that sources inside the department of health had described the attack as “unexpected, but not unprecedented.”
— NHS Digital (@NHSDigital) May 12, 2017
According to reports, affected hospitals include those run by East and North Hertfordshire NHS trust, Barts Health in London, Essex Partnership university NHS trusts, the university hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS foundation trust, Southport and Ormskirk hospital NHS trust and Blackpool teaching hospital NHS foundation trust.