NHS England hit by ‘cyber-attack’

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The East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust website was among those affected

NHS services across England have been hit by IT failure, believed to be caused by a large-scale cyber-attack.

Trusts and hospitals in London, Blackburn, Nottingham, Cumbria and Hertfordshire have been affected.

GPs are resorting to using pen and paper, according to the Blackpool Gazette newspaper, and phone and IT systems have been shut down.

NHS England says it is aware of the issue and is looking into it.

Among those affected is the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust which says it is experiencing problems with computers and phone systems.

It has postponed all non-urgent activity and is asking people not to come to AE at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

IT specialists are working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible, a statement from the trust says.

Also affected is Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust which says it has shut down all of its IT systems following a “secure system attack”.

A GP from a surgery in York said: “We received a call from York CCG [Community Care Group]around an hour ago telling us to switch off all of our computers immediately.

“We have since remained open, and are dealing with things that can be dealt with in the meanwhile.”

Meanwhile, Blackpool Hospitals NHS Trust has asked people not to attend AE unless it was an emergency because of computer issues.

But the NHS in Wales said it had a separate IT system and has not been affected by the cyber attack.

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