The ransomware attack is all about insufficient funding of the NHS | Charles Arthur

Amber Rudd, the home secretary, can burble all she wants but the Tories have overseen chaos in NHS computing systems

The heart sinks whenever Amber Rudd, the home secretary, talks about anything to do with computers. On Saturday, in the wake of the malware attack that has crippled hospital IT systems, she was on Radio 4’s Today programme: “We are ahead of this [attack] with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the advice is available,” she pronounced proudly, as though putting “national” and “cyber” on something automatically granted it authority.

“Patients have been inconvenienced,” she conceded, “but no patient data has been accessed and the NHS is brilliantly managing through this.”

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