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Rudd: One in five NHS England trusts hit by cyber attack

Home Secretary Amber Rudd Credit: Pool

The Home Secretary has revealed that 48 of the 248 NHS trusts in England have been hit during a "major" cyber attack.

A further 13 NHS Health Boards in Scotland were also targeted in the attack.

Speaking after chairing an emergency Cobra meeting, Amber Rudd added that all but five NHS England trusts are now back to normal, praising the "good work" and "resilience" of NHS staff in making this happen.

Asked if Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt would be making a statement on the attack, the 53-year-old that "plenty of NHS representatives" already had done and were due to.

Amid suggestions outdated software left some health service systems vulnerable after a security package was stopped in 2015, Ms Rudd said it is important to remember that it was not just the NHS which had been affected.

"If you look at who's been impacted by this virus, it's a huge variety across different industries and across international governments.

"This is a virus that attacked Windows platforms. The fact is the NHS has fallen victim to this.

"I don't think it's to do with that preparedness. There's always more we can all do to make sure we're secure against viruses, but I think there have already been good preparations in place by the NHS to make sure they were ready for this sort of attack."

Rudd: EU citizens not 'bargaining chips'

EU citizens living in the UK are not "bargaining chips" and "need certainty" on their position in the country post-Brexit, the Home Secretary has said.

Amber Rudd added that as well as the three million EU nationals in the UK, the one million British citizens living elsewhere in the European Union also needed guarantees.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain (GMB), Ms Rudd said a solution to the issue needed to be one of the first decisions made in EU exit negotiations.

When questioned whether negotiations on the future of EU citizens should be held back to be played "like a poker card" at a later stage, the 53-year-old countered: "We don't view them as bargaining chips they need certainty."

Ms Rudd continued that the four million people affected by the decision were "important parts of communities", having lived in their country of choice in some cases for decades.

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