To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost was of emergency measures put in place to address the NHS ransomware attack on 12 May 2017 and from which budgets those costs were met.
27 June 2017
Cyber resilience in the health and care system is an issue that the Government takes very seriously.
We have changed the National Health Service standard contract to include, from April 2017, cyber security requirements.
Evidence shows that the use of unsupported systems is continuing to reduce in health and care, as organisations replace older hardware. Latest estimates suggest the usage of Windows XP in the NHS has reduced from 15-18% at December 2015, to 4.7% of systems currently.
The 12 May 2017 ransomware incident affected the NHS in the United Kingdom. It is standard practice to review any major incident in the NHS. Further, the Chief Information Officer for health and care is undertaking a review into the May 2017 cyber-attack which is expected to conclude in the autumn.
The identifiable cost of emergency measures put in place to specifically address the NHS ransomware attack on 12 May 2017 was approximately £180,000. These costs were borne by NHS Digital and NHS England from internal budgets. Information relating to any expenditure incurred by individual local NHS trusts or other NHS organisations is not collected centrally.
We do not comment more widely on matters of security.