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Government earmarks £21m for NHS cybersecurity

The UK government has pledged £21 million to improve the government's response to breaches of NHS data security.

The pledge is contained in the Department of Health’s report, Your Data: Better security, better choice, better care, published on 12 July. The report is the government’s response to recommendations by the UK’s National Data Guardian, Fiona Caldicott, in 2016.

In May, some 40 NHS organisations were hit by a cyberattack dubbed "Wannacry" that targeted computers running older versions of Microsoft operating systems, some of which the company no longer supports. As a result of the attack, doctors were unable to access patient files, ambulances were diverted and operations cancelled.  

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