By Manon Varaldo
updated on 4 Dec 22 at 16:58
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André Mignot Hospital of the Versailles hospital center, located in Chesnay-Rocquencourt, was the victim of a cyberattack.
“It started overnight from Saturday to Sunday. The screens went black, with a skull and crossbones and a ransom note. Like all viruses, this computer attack is progressing. It is not yet stabilized or blocked. We let’s monitor the evolution of the virus”
A crisis unit is open since Sunday, December 4, in connection with the authorities.
The Minister on the spot
“I came to show the government’s solidarity with the staff mobilized to ensure continuity of care and to respond to the consequences of the attack. I strongly condemn this massive cyberattack. Shame on the criminals who attack our health establishments and in particular therefore our most fragile fellow citizens. The staff reported to ANSI (Agence Nationale de la Sécurité Informatique) in order to limit the damage of an attack of this kind”, says Jean-Noel Barrotformer deputy for the second district of Yvelines, who became delegate minister in charge of the digital transition and telecommunications, came on site.
A healthcare system already under strain
“The urgency is to provide care. It’s scary to see people blocking a hospital from running. It’s really ulcerating, it endangers people’s lives, ”says François De Mazières, mayor of Versailles and co-president of the supervisory board of the Mignot hospital.
“There is also the problem of management of the hospital as a whole. The hospital is forced to reduce its wings. It is an unfortunately bad moment because we are at the beginning of winter, with a series of flu, bronchiolitis and a covid that comes back”
André Mignot Hospital is also the administrative, technical and logistical headquarters of the Center Hospitalier de Versailles.
2,500 people work at the André Mignot hospital and all find themselves without a computer tool.
For it, the staff has been reinforced.
” When communication is done on paper pencil, you have to bring the documents to the service next door. We called in as much reinforcement as we could. Patients already in hospital must be taken care of in a secure manner,” continues Richard Delpierre.
Maternity and neonatology services affected
Among the services impacted: maternity and neonatology.
“Monitoring is much more complicated. We have 7 birth rooms in Mignot and we are instructed to have a maximum of 4 patients at the same time. This therefore results in the closure of 3 birth rooms. The women are monitored in continuous, in the labor room, installed on their belly. It captures the baby’s heart before birth. This is printed on paper and a computer system retransmits the baby’s heart rate in our office where all the monitorings are visible. incident, we are notified directly. We usually monitor these screens, remotely, but now we have to go to each room to watch the paper version. We no longer have our work tool to monitor well-being of the baby, and his heart may slow down at any moment”
“When a delivery goes well, the mother and her child stay 3 days in the hospital. When things go wrong, babies have a very special treatment. The Mignot Hospital is quite famous for this. We are going to keep a capacity to welcome these little patients but we will reduce by a third and therefore where are we going to welcome the other mothers and their children in fragile situations, this is one of the challenges that we will have to meet “, alert Richard Delpierre mayor of Chesnay-Rocquencourt and co-chairman of the supervisory board of the Mignot hospital.
Evacuations during the day
Some patients will be transferred. “The evacuations will sometimes go far in the provinces, depending on the pathologies. All the establishments in the Ile-de-France are united but there are epidemics of all kinds at the moment, ”says the co-president of the supervisory board of the Mignot hospital.
Three patients were transferred to hospitals in Île-de-France while six others should follow at the end of the day.
“Following this reorganization, the health services are mobilized. I think that the French can have perfect confidence in our health services, which as soon as the attack is organized, on a Sunday, with all the hospitals in the department and the region to see how a response is possible in a way as efficient as possible. This calm and serenity of getting organized commands respect”, declares Charles Rodwell, MP for the 1st district of Yvelines.
The André Mignot hospital will postpone its non-urgent operations. The reception of patients is very limited, especially in the emergency room. “We should not expect to return to normal for several weeks. It is a major cyberattack,” warns Richard Delpierre.
A press point is organized at 7 p.m. in front of the hospital center.
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