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A&E restrictions lifted after cyber attack on NHS

Patients are no longer being diverted away from hospital accident and emergency units after restrictions put in place following the cyber attack on the health service were lifted, NHS England has said.

Ambulances taking patients to some hospitals were forced to follow procedures that diverted them to other units after the health service was left crippled by a "ransomware" cyber attack on Friday.

The last two diversionary measures were lifted as of 1pm on Tuesday, NHS England said.

National incident director Dr Anne Rainsberry said: "Patients are no longer being diverted away from hospital accident and emergency units and, while there is still some disruption in a small number of areas, most patients are being treated as normal.

"We are grateful for the hard work of staff at trusts and GP practices who are still suffering IT issues but have found ways to work around this, as well as the patience of people who have been affected."

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