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Cyber-attack disrupts London hospitals

A cyber-attack on major London hospitals has led to surgery cancellations and emergency patients being diverted elsewhere, and services like blood transfusions and test results being disrupted and held up, reports the BBC.

The attack applies to hospitals partnered with pathology services provider Synnovis, and has affected King’s College Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ – including the Royal Brompton and the Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

A spokesperson from Synnovis apologised for the incident and said the company had sent in a “taskforce of IT experts” to “fully assess” the impact.

“Synnovis has invested heavily in ensuring our IT arrangements are as safe as they possibly can be and this is a harsh reminder that this sort of attack can happen to anyone at any time and that… the individuals behind it have no scruples about who their actions might affect.”

 

BBC article – Critical incident over London hospitals’ cyber-attack (Open access)

 

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