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HSE shuts down IT system following cyber-attack; services may be disrupted

DUBLIN: The Health Service Executive’s (HSE) IT systems crashed following a major cyber-attack.

The HSE confirmed this morning that all of its IT systems are temporarily shut down due to a “significant ransomware attack.”

The Department of Health said it had taken precautionary measures to protect HSE’s operations and allow it to assess the situation.

The Department has indicated that outpatient visits across the country could be disrupted today. Outpatient visits at Dublin’s Rotunda Hospital have been cancelled.

The maternity hospital confirmed that all outpatient visits are cancelled today.  However, services will be available for mothers who are 36 weeks pregnant or later. All gynaecology clinics are also cancelled.

However, hospital officials stated that those with urgent concerns should attend as normal.

The HSE has apologised to patients and the public for the service disruption. It also said that further information about the services will be provided soon.

Meanwhile, the HSE said that the COVID-19 vaccinations scheduled for today would be carried out as usual.

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