National Audit Office says NHS and Department of Health must ‘get their act together’ or suffer ‘far worse’ than chaos experienced in May

The NHS could have avoided the crippling effects of the “relatively unsophisticated” WannaCry ransomware outbreak in May with “basic IT security”, according to an independent investigation into the cyberattack.

The National Audit Office said that 19,500 medical appointments were cancelled, computers at 600 GP surgeries were locked and five hospitals had to divert ambulances elsewhere.

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