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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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