More than 1.2 million employees are currently trapped in a “reply-all” email hell.
To make matters worse, the email was just a test but it prompted a series of reply-all responses from annoyed recipients going out to all 1 million plus employees of the organisations.
The difficulty is that people cannot resist emailing replies to the thing to tell them to stop emailing, asking what is going on or asking to be removed from the mailing list.
So far there had been at least 120 replies so far — meaning that more than 140 million needless emails have been sent across the NHS’s network by pedants thinking they are doing the right thing.
Apparently, the network is running like an asthmatic ant with a heavy load of shopping.
The NHS Pensions department has resorted to Twitter to warn that if people need to contact it by email please be aware that there may be delays in responding due to an issue currently affecting all NHS mail.