Published: 05/05/2005, Volume II5, No. 5954 Page 9

The head of the national IT programme in London has resigned a week after being suspended from his post pending an investigation into unspecified allegations.

David Kwo resigned as regional implementation director for the NHS Connecting for Health London cluster last week.

A statement from NHS CfH said that his resignation letter did not make mention of his recent suspension from duty.

It added: 'This suspension was enacted to enable proper investigations into a serious allegation regarding David.

'Suspension is not a judgement but a precautionary measure to ensure that an appropriate and fair investigation can take place. The investigation will continue until a conclusion is reached regarding the allegation.' Mr Kwo joined NHS CfH (formerly the national IT programme) from Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare trust, where he oversaw implementation of a£500,000 programme to update the trust's computer systems.

NHS CfH announced that Martyn Forrest, regional implementation director for the North East cluster, will be acting regional implementation director for London.

It said the recruitment for a replacement had started.