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NHS Wales blocks incoming emails after cyber attacks

It is thought that more than 70 countries were targeted by the cyber assault Credit: PA

NHS Wales has announced it is to block all incoming emails to its accounts until at least Monday, following a cyber attack on Friday which hit services in Scotland and England.

Ambulances were diverted and patients warned to avoid some A&E departments as IT failures affected up to 16 hospitals.

On Twitter, the Welsh NHS said it would review the situation after the weekend.

Outbound and internal emails will not be affected.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd insisted there was no evidence patient data had been released as part of the malware attack.

Read more: 40 NHS Trusts believed to have been hit by 'major' cyber attack

There have so far been no incidents in NHS Wales from the ransomware attack on NHS systems in England and Scotland. We have recently invested in upgrading IT to protect potentially vulnerable front-line NHS Wales systems. We have also introduced a national standard for IT security for all GP surgeries in Wales. We continue to monitor the situation closely.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

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First Minister claims Tories "insult" foreign doctors

First Minister Carwyn Jones has condemned the UK Health Secretary's plan to reduce the NHS's reliance on foreign doctors. Despite the current shortage, Jeremy Hunt is due to tell the Conservative party conference this afternoon that by training more doctors in Britain, it will be possible to recruit fewer from overseas.

The Tories have said today that foreign doctors and NHS staff are only welcome here whilst they are needed. I say they are welcome – full stop. We are talking about valued members of our communities, and they are valued staff in our NHS. More than that, they’re real people with real families. Talking about them as though they are some sort of commodity is in an insult to them, and the brilliant work they do every day in our NHS.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones AM

In remarks ahead of his speech, Mr Hunt suggested that there would be less need to recruit EU doctors in future. He also questioned the morality of bringing in doctors from developing countries.

Currently a quarter of our doctors come from overseas. They do a fantastic job and we have been clear that we want EU nationals who are already here to be able to stay post-Brexit.

But is it right to import doctors from poorer countries that need them whilst turning away bright home graduates desperate to study medicine?

– UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP

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EU health and social care staff make huge contribution say Welsh health ministers

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EU health and social care staff make a huge contribution to the Welsh NHS say health ministers.

Vaughn Gething, Cabinet Secretary for Health Wellbeing and Sport and Rebecca Evans, Minister for Social Services and Public Health have emphasised the role they play following the UK's decision to leave the European Union.

Around 6% of doctors in Wales are thought to have been trained in another EU country.

They make a huge contribution to our service and I understand that the referendum result may be causing some inevitable anxiety about what this means for them and their families. I want to reassure any member of staff who may have concerns – be they from the EU or anywhere else in the world – that they are extremely valued and that the NHS will collectively take a zero tolerance approach to any form of intolerance or discrimination that arises in any part of the organisation in the aftermath of this decision.

– Vaughan Gething, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport

EU staff are absolutely vital to the operation of our social care sector. They are some of the thousands of individuals who provide dedicated, dignified, person-centred care day-in-day-out. They are a key part of the world-class, integrated health and social care system we are developing.

The First Minister has written to the Home Secretary setting out the Welsh Government’s belief that EU citizens living in the UK should retain the right to do so after the UK withdraws from the EU. Now is the time for the Home Secretary to provide reassurance to those EU citizens who contribute so much to Welsh society, that they will not find their rights of residence removed.

– Rebecca Evans, Minister for Social Services and Public Health

Bristol Children's Hospital report: Father of Luke Jenkins fears 'lessons haven't been learnt'

Watch the report from Richard Morgan below:

A father from Cardiff who spent four years trying to get the truth about his seven-year-old son's death says he fears lessons haven't been learnt despite the publication of a report into failings at the Bristol Children's Hospital.

Luke Jenkins had been expected to make a full recovery from heart surgery but died of complications.

The report examined 11 deaths involving children at the hospital.

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