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The NHS is the victim of a major cyber attack.


At least 25 hospitals trusts and GP surgeries


Routine operations at some hospitals are being cancelled,


patients sent home and ambulances diverted.


The gentleman inside the door said that all the computers had gone down


and we are not sure whether the doctors can see you for whatever


reason, if it is x-rays, breakages, what have you, they are going to


send you home. The cyber attack is a form of


ransomware in which hospitals are being asked to pay money


in order to restore The NHS is vulnerable because


typically it has not invested enough in computer security, they use old


computers, old systems, if they don't keep them wobbly patch, they


will keep getting hit by attacks like this. -- if they don't keep


them properly patched. The NHS has declared this


a major national incident and there are now reports


of companies coming under similar We'll bring you more


on this developing story. Jeremy Corbyn warns against a bomb


first, talk later foreign policy of deserting what she calls


the "proud and patriotic" The schoolboy who died


after an allergic reaction. A coroner says staff


could have saved his life. And Donald Trump's Twitter


tirade against his He warns James Comey not


to talk to the media. Coming up on BBC News, one win away,


can Chelsea secure a second Premier League title in three seasons with


victory over West Brom this evening. Good evening and welcome


to the BBC News at Six. The NHS is the victim


of a major cyber attack. Since mid afternoon,


computer systems in at least 25 hospital trusts and GP


surgeries up and down England In those affected, routine


operations are being cancelled, patients are being sent home


and ambulances are being diverted. Patients are being asked to stay


away unless their condition


is life threatening. The cyber attack is a form


of ransomware in which an IT system is hacked into and will only be


restored on payment of a ransom. Hospital staff have been venting


their frustration on social media, saying they have no access


to patient records, blood tests, The scale of the cyber attack


on the NHS is unprecedented. It's been declared a major national


incident disrupting hospitals and trusts from Dumfries


and Carlisle, Blackpool and York, to some of the big teaching


hospitals in London, and services in


the south of England. Our first report tonight


from our health editor Hugh Pym. A major incident has been declared


by NHS leaders in England and hospitals like this one in


Colchester have been experiencing serious computer problems after a


cyber attack. This is what some patients told us: the gentleman just


inside the door said that all the computers have gone down, and they


are not sure whether the doctors can see you forward have a reason. If it


is x-rays, breakages, what have you, they will send you home. VOICEOVER:


It has happened before, this hospital trust covering North


Lincolnshire and gore, IT systems were closed for three days as the


result of a cyber attack last autumn. Hundreds of operations and


patient appointments were postponed, people were told to get to eight and


the only if it was really necessary, there were warnings that NHS IT was


honourable. And today staff looking in at other hospitals found this on


their screens, with a message saying, your files are encrypted, if


you want to recover them, you need to pay up. -- Northern Lincolnshire


and Goole. -- A Ransomware, a hidden programme used by criminal


hackers was being used. The NHS is vulnerable, typically it has not


invested enough in computer security, using old computers and


systems and if they don't keep them properly patched they will keep


getting hit by attacks like this. In a statement, NHS digital,


responsible for IT, has said: one doctor at this hospital in


Mansfield told us how it was affecting services today: I had a


meeting today, a patient with severe back pain, could potentially


paralyse her. And we had to divert her to another hospital, Queens


medical Centre. It is getting a bit difficult for us. We have a lot of


patience here. It takes an awful lot of time for us to process the


information on a paper system. Some hospitals warned local people they


were experiencing significant IT and telephone problems. Some GP


practices have also reported significant problems.


STUDIO: Let's speak to our correspondents at some


Helena Lee is at Barts in London


To you first Helena, what's happening there?


They have activated what they call a major incident plan for the welfare


and safety of their patients. All routine appointments have been


cancelled, Haitians have been told to use other NHS services if they


can, and any ambulances arriving here have been diverted to


neighbouring hospitals. We've just spoken to one


patient who's waited months for a major heart operation,


he was all prepared for the operation but it was cancelled


at the last minute. Colchester general, treating more


than half a million people every year, the potential here, as


elsewhere, for destruction, was huge, having been inside and spoken


to staff and patients, it seems to be measured and calm, one member of


staff has said, tough but manageable. One of the patients, in


the report, a few moans and groans but most people have been


understanding when they were told they would be sent home. A couple of


other patients say that they are yet to be convinced on this claim that


patient's data has not in some way been compromised. This hospital


works very closely with a hospital 19 miles up the road in its rich,


sharing a Chief Executive, it is a sign of the patchwork nature of this


at this one was affected by the other one was not. Broomfield


Hospital, Chelmsford, was hit, and the list in Stevenage, and in


Norfolk, but others unaffected, Adam Brook scum of the biggest hospital


in this region, was unaffected. -- Adam Brook 's. -- Addenbrooke's


Hospital. Let's talk to our technology


correspondent, Rory Cellan Jones. What more can you tell us about this


cyber attack and the ransomeware The most dangerous and most


important weapon in the hands of cybercriminals, we have seen attacks


over the last couple of years over the years including previous attacks


on NHS hospitals, this is by far the biggest we have seen, and the NHS is


stressing that it was not specifically targeted, this is a


wider attack, and I'm seeing evidence of that, one researcher


saying that 36 bells and detections, so far, Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan


leading, this is huge, reports from many places across the world, in


Spain in particular. -- 36,000 detections. We will bring you more


on that story as it develops later in the programme.


Jeremy Corbyn says the war on terror isn't working and Britain


In a speech outlining his foreign policy, he said he wasn't a pacifist


and could see circumstances in which he would involve Britain


in a war but he warned against what he called a "bomb


Mr Corbyn accused Theresa May of pandering to Donald Trump,


who he said was making the world a more dangerous place.


Here's our Deputy Political Editor John Pienaar.


VOICEOVER: He is used to it now, all the attention, and not always


friendly, though he still tries to be. Don't push each other, OK.


Labour's campaign is so much about Jeremy Corbyn, his character, his


ideas, he has held here for 30 years, though some in his party


which he had not, like defence, and the Labour leader today was holding


to his oldest and deepest convictions, writing of years of


Britain's way of war against terror. The war on terror has not succeeded,


it has driven these interventions and it has not increased security at


home, in fact, many would say, just the opposite. This, Britain's


leader, on-site and alongside with Donald Trump, not Jeremy Corbyn's


answer, more talking, less fighting, yes, and a lot less cosy and is with


Washington if Jeremy Corbyn wins. We deserve better than simply


outsourcing defence and prosperity to the whims of Donald Trump's White


House, no more handholding with Donald Trump. A Labour government


will conduct a robust and independent foreign policy. The


message, when facing terrorism, to rely on peace and diplomacy, but


what about Britain's nuclear deterrent? And Jeremy Corbyn's


lifelong opposition to nuclear defence, or potential Prime Minister


that has become a nagging question, a live election issue, and he knew


it. -- for a potential Prime Minister. I am often asked if I


would order the use of nuclear weapons, it is an ordinary question


when you think about it, would you order the indiscriminate killing of


millions of people? Would you risk such contamination of the planet


that no life could exist across large parts of the world? If


circumstances arose where there was a real option, it would represent a


complete and cataclysmic failure, it would mean world leaders have


already triggered a spiral of catastrophe. That sounded like a no,


he wanted nuclear defence reconsidered as well. We cannot


decide what a review would decide otherwise we would not have a


review. Would you say to -- what you say to supporters British military


power, it is not clear when you would sent forces into battle,


including strikes against Islamic State Western Mark McGrath I doubt


many if any would have questioned the legitimacy ultimately of the


Second World War because of the catastrophe of the rise of the


Nazis. -- against Islamic State? British air strikes on so-called


Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, which Jeremy Corbyn has opposed, he


is glad now that he has joined the marches against the Iraq invasion,


which drove down support for Labour in government, he wanted British


raids against IS reviewed. Examine what they are doing straightaway,


and their presence, but above all, that fits into the whole point I am


saying, I would do everything I possibly could in order to reignite


the peace process. Some, not all Labour supporters, agree, others,


very far from it. A Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn that would simply


chuck away at ability to defend ourselves is crazy and not the way I


want so. You see defence policy sucking in billions of pounds on


Trident, at a time when a conventional defence Force has seen


cut after cut after cut. Approval for the leaders line here, today,


but Labour needs converts, lots of them. -- leader's line.


Well Theresa May was campaigning in the north-east today,


in an attempt to win over Labour voters.


She accused Jeremy Corbyn of deserting what she called


"proud and patriotic" working class people.


And as Mr Corbyn was outlying Labour's foreign policy plans,


Mrs May didn't rule out a future parliamentary vote


on joining American military strikes against Syria.


Here's our Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg.


What the Tories might expect, a raw reception in much of the Northeast


England. The Tories will ruin our environment. Can the Conservatives


win around here, no! Definitely not! No chance! A very small selection of


people canvassing for the Tories, we have a huge following for the


Labour. Inside, Theresa May believes she can swell these polite ranks of


her supporters, trying to stir up national pride, with talk of


security, and defence, while slamming her Labour opponents, who


have been in charge round here for a long time. Proud and patriotic


working class people, in towns and cities across Britain, have not


deserted the Labour Party, we respect the parents and grandparents


taught their children and grandchildren that Labour was a


party that share their values and stood up for their community. But


across the country today, traditional Labour supporters are


increasingly looking at what Jeremy Corbyn believes in, and are


appalled. Beyond the attack lines, on safety and security, what might


she do if she stays in charge? You have thought a lot about Patrick


isn't today, would you think it patriotic to join the United States


in more strikes against Syria, or will you rule out having a


parliamentary vote on that? We are, as you know, the United Kingdom is


part of the coalition that is operating in Syria and Iraq, with


the United States, but with other countries as well, when I look at


the decisions we will be taking in terms of defence and foreign policy,


there is one thing that will drive the decisions, that those decisions


will be taken in the British national interest. Not quite a no


will stop and she really take the Tories beyond small pockets of the


north-east? Look at the side of the bus to see how they hope. -- not


quite a no. Her name in giant letters, you almost need a


magnifying glass for the party. We will deliver for Britain. She may be


well ahead in the polls, the Tory manifesto is not even published yet,


how far can she really reach? I was Labour if you year ago, when I first


started voting, but my views are changing, working life and what is


happening in this world, in this country, my views are changing.


INAUDIBLE QUESTION I haven't. You will be voting


Conservative the first time? Yes, strong opinions on "Brexit", that


has changed my mind, that is where I want to see the country go,


stand-alone, move forward that way. Getting on the road in the


north-east is part of a deliberate strategy, not just in trying to win,


but in trying to pump up the majority. I've used virtually every


form of transport you can think of in this election campaign, except


horses. However she travels and whatever the polls say today,


shifting huge numbers of votes in Labour territory is a hard sell.


Theresa May has already been to more than 20 Labour seats, including some


here in the north-east which should traditionally be safe as houses. The


Tories say that she is selling a positive message, every day they are


trying to display contrast between her and Jeremy Corbyn, brutally


trying to strip away the Labour vote. I'm the only one more


important than the Prime Minister! LAUGHTER


Convention suggest whole chunks of the North of England, Scotland and


Wales are not safe for the Conservatives but Theresa May wants


to 's persuade you that the country's future is only safe with


her. -- wants to persuade you that the country's future is only safe


with her. STUDIO: The Liberal Democrats


have confirmed they The party would allow licensed


shops to sell the drug People would also be able to grow


cannabis at home and smoke The NHS is being hit


by a major cyber attack - as computers go down,


patients are being sent home And still to come -


Donald Trump takes to Twitter again, this time to take on his former FBI


director James Comey. And in sport on BBC News,


can Lewis Hamilton reinvigorate his Formula 1 title challenge


at the Spanish Grand Prix? He's fastest after second


practice in Barcelona. A coroner has concluded that


a teenager who died from an allergic reaction to his school lunch


could possibly have been saved if staff had given him the adrenalin


injection he needed. 14-year-old Nasar Ahmed,


who had severe asthma and a wide range of food allergies,


collapsed at a school Our correspondent Sarah Campbell has


been at the inquest today. Nasar Ahmed love maths and science


and wanted to be a politician. He also suffered a severe asthma and


food allergies. His family have heard in detail how he came to die


after having an extreme allergic reaction to an ingredient in a curry


he had for lunch while at school. A couple of hours after Nasar had


eaten, he told staff here that he couldn't breathe. There was


confusion as to what might be wrong and his personal medical box was


found. It contained an adrenaline injector pen, or EpiPen, but there


were no instructions as to how or when to use it. So nobody did. The


coroner concluded that if the EpiPen had been used promptly and Nasar had


been administered adrenaline, there was a possibility but not a


probability that this would have changed the outcome. Nasar died four


days later in hospital. His family said the school let them and their


sundown. They failed in their care of duty for my son, they failed to


give the right injection. If they gave the EpiPen injection at that


time, five minutes before the ambulance came, it would have saved


his life. The school issued a statement today are saying following


Nasar's death, we have reviewed safety procedures and are providing


more training for staff across the board. The coroner will be writing


several reports including to Nasar's School in an effort to prevent


future deaths. She will also suggest to the Chief Medical Officer that if


more EpiPens were available and more widely understood, lives could be


saved. Sarah Campbell, BBC News, east London.


Donald Trump has warned his former FBI director James Comey


against leaking stories to the press, saying


on Twitter that he'd "better hope there are no tapes"


Mr Comey, who had been leading an inquiry into alleged Russian


meddling in the US election, was sacked by the president


Our North America Editor Jon Sopel is at the White House.


Jon, Donald Trump is unbowed by his critics and making a clear


It's hard to read it any other way, Fiona. If you read the text of that,


James Comey had better not have any tapes, that sounds like a threat. It


also sounds like Donald Trump has been taping conversations that have


been taking place in the White House in the Oval Office. That has strong


echoes of another president, Richard Nixon, who was brought down by those


tapes. I am not sure that is the territory where Donald Trump wants


to be. He is about to give a briefing, or his spokesman is about


to give a briefing. He is bound to be asked, are you taping


conversations with people who come to visit? Other things Donald Trump


had to did this morning, and we have come to expect the unexpected, he


said about the briefings, as a very active president with lots of things


happening, it is not usable for my surrogates to stand at the podium


with perfect accuracy. In other words, maybe what we are telling you


is not strictly true. Then he goes on "But let's cancel the briefings,


maybe, and we will just give you written statements in future". This


all comes as Donald Trump has had some good news today on a trade deal


with China. But all of that is getting completely lost in the


threat that has been issued to his former head of the FBI. Jon Sopel at


the White House, thank you. In the run-up to the general


election, we've been asking you about the subjects that you care


about and want covered. A lot of you have got in touch


about business rates - the tax based on how much a business


property is worth. Some independent shops in England


are facing big increases after their property values


were revalued by the government. Elaine Dunkley has been to Southwold


in Suffolk to find out more. Business rates are a massive issue


for small businesses. I'm Rebecca Bishop and I'm the owner


of Two Magpies Bakery in Southwold. Nobody was foreseeing the massive


increases that we were suddenly It is a really important


issue because it's not just my business I'm thinking of,


it's all the other Rebecca's bakery is classed


as a small business. Her rates have been capped


until April next year, but after that, she says she doesn't


know what will happen. It will become just another nail


in the coffin for businesses that are fighting, some


of them, to survive. A lot of small independents,


we're almost looking at a species wipe-out of whole areas that


are just being overtaken Part of the problem is that property


prices have gone up in the town. The locals say that's driven


by holiday lets, second homes But we're looking


forward to the summer. I'm the owner of Mills


Sons family butchers. Charlie could be facing rates


of up to ?17,000 a year. If we can't make a profit,


we won't be able to stay. So we shall have to look


at other alternatives. Southwold has become


an expensive place to stay. Maybe it's a little too expensive


for independent shops. For the butcher and the baker


and the other small businesses, this is a big election issue,


a vote decider. I would be looking to vote


for a government that is giving support to the notion of diversity


on the high street, valuing independent businesses


and what they bring to our society And if you want to find out


more about what policies the parties are offering you,


or indeed find out how to contact us with an issue you want exploring,


then our website is Let's return to our main story


and the cyber attack on the NHS. This has been breaking since this


afternoon and we are finding out more about who is involved in which


hospitals have been affected. Updaters on what you know so far? It


seems that it is about 25 organisations in England. That is


trusts and some in Scotland. That is the extent of it that we know about.


But it seems as if there could be more to come and it is a national


incident being monitored at the highest levels of the NHS in


England. They have put out a statement reassuring patients that


if they need the NHS and it is an emergency, they should go to A and


normal service is available. But they are asking people, if they


don't need to be at A, to be elsewhere. We have had reports of


trauma cases heading for one hospital and being switched to


another. The message is that urgent care is still available at the NHS.


What about nonurgent care, patients who have operations scheduled, GP


appointments? What should they do? We have heard from patients going


into this afternoon being sent away because their routine outpatient


appointment couldn't happen or a test. It seems likely there will be


disruption for several days and that routine surgery will be put off


while they try to get to the bottom of the IT problem. The last time it


happened in Lincolnshire at the end of last year, it was two or three


days before things got back to normal. We are hearing from GPs that


there are serious issues for them. They are having difficulty providing


patient care. They are able to talk to patients and advise them, by


getting hold of records has been impossible. So possibly a lot of


disruption to GP appointments running well into next week. Hugh,


thank you. The Highlands of Scotland were the


case to be today for sunshine and warmth, whereas elsewhere across the


UK, there was a good deal of crowd, some outbreaks of rain and a bit of


sunshine. Here is the satellite and radar picture, which was quite


messy. A lot of cloud and rain moving away from the north-west of


England, heading towards Northern Ireland. We will see rain pushing


into the south of Wales. Parts of Scotland are also quite wet. But


other parts of England are largely dry. It is not a cold night. By nine


in the morning, it is dry and bright and breezy across the south of the


UK. Most places will be dry. There will be a shower or two, but the


cloud will break and allow sunshine through. In the north of Wales, more


cloud and outbreaks of rain, as you will find in the south-west of


England. Northern Ireland will also see outbreaks of rain. Still pretty


great along the eastern side of Scotland. And we will keep it rather


grey as well. Looks like the south-east will be largely dry in


the afternoon. Temperatures are quite warm. Through the evening, we


start to see a band of rain work from west to east. Shouldn't last


too long in any given location and by dawn on Sunday, it will clear


into the North Sea. Some of it may linger for a time in the north-east


of Scotland, but even that clears away and then it is a bright and


breezy day on Sunday. There will be lengthy spells of sunshine, but


there will be a few showers as well. Most of those will be in the


north-west, but some will crop up in the Midlands as well. And a slightly


fresher feel to things. The NHS is being hit by a major


cyber attack as computers go down, patients are being sent home and


ambulances are being diverted. That's all from the BBC News at six,


so it's goodbye from me and on BBC One, we now join


the BBC's news teams where you are.