NHS systems returning to normal after cyber attack

"In the meantime, we wish to reassure patients that your GP will be there for you as usual if you are taken ill and that you will receive the best possible care from the NHS, despite the current difficulties".

"'On Monday morning at the start of the new working week it's likely that successful attacks from Friday that haven't yet become apparent will become apparent", he told the Press Association.

He said: 'I am going to see my patients, but of course we cannot access any records and can't prescribe'.

NHS England says it is continuing to work with GP surgeries to ensure that they are putting in place a range of measures to protect themselves.

"Patients are no longer being diverted away from hospital accident and emergency units", Anne Rainsberry, NHS England's national incident director, said in a statement. Staff are working hard to ensure that the small number of organisations still affected return to normal shortly'.

An emergency meeting will be held later to discuss how Scotland can be protected from cyber-attack.

Eleven health boards as well as NHS National Services and the Scottish Ambulance Service were affected in the unprecedented cyber attack which hit scores of countries on Friday.

Businesses must brace for further cyber attacks this week on a potentially "significant scale", British intelligence officials warned on Sunday, according to the Financial Times.

Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre, said the outbreak could continue to infect more systems and other victims may emerge.

It said: 'There were no infected computers in North East GP practices and the priority through this global malware incident was to protect the NHS computer network, clinical systems and patient data - and this was done very successfully'.

Hunt denied parts of the NHS were left vulnerable to attack because they were unprepared.

Up to 47 trusts in England and 13 Scottish health boards in the NHS were also affected when the virus targeted computers with outdated security.

  • Leroy Wright