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Department of Health written question – answered on 10th January 2018.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Labour/Co-operative, Leeds North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to protect (a) confidential patient records and (b) NHS services from (i) meltdown and (ii) spectre vulnerabilities in NHS computer processors.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

NHS Digital published an advisory on the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities for all health and care organisations on 4 January 2018, and issued a further email bulletin on 5 January 2018. This recommended that health and care organisations implement patches in a prioritised manner.

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