NHS warns of continued disruption to GP services next week from global IT outage

NHS England has warned of “continued disruption” to GP services into next week from the global IT outage. A flawed update rolled out by cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike knocked many offline around the world on Friday, causing flight and train cancellations and crippling some healthcare systems. A fix was deployed for a bug in the update, which affected Microsoft Windows PCs, on Friday, as CrowdStrike’s chief executive said it would take “some time” for systems to be fully restored. Across England, GP surgeries reported being unable to book appointments or access patient records on Friday as their EMIS appointment and patient record system went down. NHS England said on Saturday afternoon that its systems were “coming back online in most areas” but “still running slightly slower than usual”. An NHS spokesperson said: “As practices recover from the loss of IT systems on Friday, there may be some continued disruption, particularly to GP services, in some areas into next week as practices work to rebook appointments. “The advice for Monday remains that patients should attend appointments as normal unless told otherwise.” Dr Fari Ahmad said the IT outage meant “everything went down” in her surgery and the disruption would cause “a lot...

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