Labour’s shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, said that concerns had been repeatedly raised over the NHS’s outdated computer systems. Both the NCSC and the National Crime Agency had given repeated warnings about their vulnerability.
Reports two years ago in The Guardian revealed that the government had decided not to extend its £5.5m deal with Microsoft to provide support for Windows XP, leaving computers that still ran on the obsolete operating system at risk from hackers.
Jeremy Corbyn said "I am very angry that in 2014 there was a one-year renewal of the protection system on the NHS systems which was not renewed after that and not renewed the year after that, and so the systems are now not upgraded and not protected. As a result, we’ve got this dreadful situation that NHS workers are facing today.
We obviously support our NHS workers but I tell you this, a Labour government would not leave our NHS’s very vital information systems unprotected. We would protect them."
Government claims that patient care has been unaffected have been dismissed by doctors, nurses, pharmacists and patients. Meanwhile Jeremy Hunt hasn’t appeared to defend himself or acknowledge the criticism, leaving that to Home Secretary Amber Rudd.