THE trust which controls Macclesfield District General Hospital is set to spend an extra £500,000 to beef up its cyber-security.

At least 6,900 hospital appointments across the country were cancelled last May after the NHS was hit by a global cyber-attack called WannaCry.

East Cheshire NHS Trust, which also runs Knutsford and District Community Hospital and Congleton War Memorial Hospital, now has extra funds to help protect itself against similar attacks in future.

At the trust’s annual meeting on Thursday, Mark Ogden, director of finance, said: “People will remember the attack on the NHS last year.

“We coped very well in terms of our response, how we protected our systems and the operational people who responded to that.

“But we have got an extra £500,000 to further strengthen our cyber response to make sure our computer systems are safe.”

A report from the National Audit Office last September said NHS England and the Department for Health had to ‘get their act together’ to improve cyber-security following the WannaCry attack.