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An ambulance leaves the Royal Liverpool Hospital in Liverpool, north west England. (AFP/File)

British hospitals say hit by suspected national cyber attack

LONDON: British hospitals said they were forced to divert emergencies on Friday (May 12) after a suspected national cyber attack.

The National Health Service said that it was responding to a cyber-attack, which hospitals across the country said had caused them to cancel appointments and divert patients.

“We are aware of a cyber security incident and we are working on a response,” said a spokesman for NHS Digital, a division of the NHS which handles information technology issues.

“Following a suspected national cyber attack we are taking all precautionary measures possible to protect our local NHS systems and services,” NHS Merseyside‏ in the north of England said on Twitter.

 

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