Published: 12/09/2002, Volume II2, No. 5822 Page 8

The finance director of a major London teaching hospital was suspended this week pending an investigation. Ian Perkin, finance director at St George's Healthcare trust, was suspended under the trust's disciplinary procedure in what a spokesperson described as 'a non-judgmental act' to enable an investigation to be carried out.The trust would not comment on the nature of the investigation.