Statement responding to cyber-attack on the NHS

Monday 15 May 2017

Dr Nicola Strickland, President of The Royal College of Radiologists, said:

"The Royal College of Radiologists would like to issue a heartfelt thank you to all the hardworking radiology and oncology teams and their IT colleagues who have worked against the odds this weekend in the wake of last Friday’s ransomware attack which affected IT systems across a number of NHS organisations.

“We are sure all affected radiology and oncology departments have been, and are continuing, to do everything they can to keep working to offer patients the services they need. We appreciate that the National Cyber Security Centre and NHS organisations are helping those affected to recover from the attack.

"Undoubtedly patients and doctors will be affected. There could well be a backlog if images and scan reports cannot be accessed as normal while hospitals get their IT systems back online. Patient appointments for cancer treatment may well be affected and planning for radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatment may be delayed. However, if system reinstatement is not done properly the impact on patients could be far worse in the long-term. We are confident that affected radiology and oncology departments will be doing all they can to both safeguard patient data and get systems back online as soon as possible.”