Computer problems which seriously disrupted hospitals in a major health board area for two days at the beginning of October are now being investigated.

The glitches caused Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s IT system to grind to a halt on 1 October, leading to the cancellation of around 700 medical appointments.

This included treatment for 48 cancer patients and three surgical operations.

Now Holyrood health secretary Alex Neil has said the breakdown needs to be looked into.

IT specialists, including technicians from the government and Police Scotland, will spend three days visiting certain sites which are managed by the health board to try to pinpoint the source of the problems.

At a health board meeting last week, Greater Glasgow and Clyde chief executive Robert Calderwood apologised for the disruption.

“The cabinet secretary has asked Scottish government officers to carry out a review of ICT systems across health boards, specifically in relation to Greater Glasgow and Clyde,” he said.

The investigators will report back their findings to all health boards in Scotland.