Internet cyber-attacks that crippled Victorian hospitals systems and delayed surgeries are more wide-spread than the Government has admitted and these life-threatening issues are far from over.
Despite the Andrews Labor Government playing down the severity of the issue, an email from Latrobe Regional Hospital clearly admits the impact the cyber-attack is having on the ongoing operations of the hospital.
The email details that the attack on the Traralgon hospital in October is forcing staff having to breach state government IT policy by using their personal emails to send data.
Daniel Andrews has sought to play down these attacks every step of the way but the truth, and devastating impact of these attacks are now becoming clear.
Despite Labor Health Minister, Jenny Mikakos having said in October:
"There was no impact to patient care and no exposure of patient information."
As hospital staff are forced to use personal email addresses to communicate how can Victorians be assured their personal medical health records have not been compromised?
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Health, Georgie Crozier:
“The Andrews Labor Government is trying hard to divert attention away from these attacks which continue to plague regional hospitals.
“Despite a clear warning from the Auditor-General that a cyber-attack on Victorian hospitals was imminent, Daniel Andrews has arrogantly refused to provide the funding hospitals urgently need to fix the current mess and defend themselves from future attacks.”
“The impact of Daniel Andrews’ savage cuts to Victoria’s hospitals continue to get worse and the health and safety of Victorian patients are being placed at risk.”