Trauma centres to receive the £21m cybersecurity funding promised by end of 2017
[London, UK] Major trauma centres and ambulance trusts will receive the £21m promised by the Department of Health this summer to improve their cyber defence capabilities before the end of the year, Conservative Health Minister and MP for Thurrock Jackie Doyle-Price has said.
In July, the government vowed to boost funding and improve the cyber resilience of the NHS following the impact of the WannaCry attack, which disrupted operations across a third of the system.
A new capital fund of £21m was also announced in response to the National Data Guardian’s Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs and the Care Quality Commission’s Safe Data, Safe Care reviews.
In a recent report, the National Audit Office criticised the Department of Health for its delayed response to these reviews, published in 2016.
Barts Health NHS Trust was one of the worst affected by the WannaCry malware back in May, which infected 1,700 PCs out of 8,000 at one of their sites in only seven minutes.
The trust had to shut down its major trauma centre, causing ‘massive strain’ on the service and increasing its ‘sizeable’ deficit.
Speaking at an event at the end of October, Charles Gutteridge, Chief Clinical Information Officer at the trust, said Barts Health had not received any of the funding promised in July.
In a written answer to Jon Trickett, Labour MP for Hemsworth, Doyle-Price said trauma centres and ambulance trusts will receive the money before the end of the year to upgrade firewalls, replace outdated technology, and improve anti-virus protection and network resilience.