NHS left reeling by cyber-attack: ‘We are literally unable to do any x-rays’ Guardian UK ^ | 12 May 2017 | Kevin Rawlinson

NHS left reeling by cyber-attack: ‘We are literally unable to do any x-rays’
Guardian UK ^ | 12 May 2017 | Kevin Rawlinson

Posted on 5/14/2017, 11:00:48 PM by Lorianne

Thousands of patients across England and Scotland have been in limbo after an international cyber-attack hit the NHS, with many having operations cancelled at the last minute.

Senior medics sought to reassure patients that they could be seen in the normal way in emergencies, but others were asked to stay away if possible.

According to one junior doctor who works in a London hospital, the attack left hospitals struggling to care for people. “However much they pretend patient safety is unaffected, it’s not true. At my hospital we are literally unable to do any x-rays, which are an essential component of emergency medicine,” the doctor told the Guardian.

“It’s a good hospital in many ways but the IT is appalling … This is the third or fourth time there has been major computer downtime since I started at my current hospital eight months ago. I know the staff will do their very best to keep looking after everyone but there are no robust systems in place to deal with blackouts like this. Information sharing is hard enough in a clinical environment when everything works.

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