Published: 22/08/2002, Volume II2, No. 5819 Page 5

The chief executive at the threestar Good Hope Hospital trust in Birmingham has been suspended pending an investigation into 'administrative matters concerning waiting lists'.

Jeff Chandra was suspended on Monday, just a month after the government awarded the trust three stars in the annual ratings.

The year previously, the trust had been awarded just one star, making the progress achieved over the past 12 months one of the biggest success stories in the NHS.

Deputy chief executive and director of finance Tim Smythe is currently acting as chief executive.

Trust chair Sir Bernard Zissman could not comment further but assured patients, staff and NHS partners that 'this management change would have no adverse effect on the day-to-day running of the hospital nor the delivery of good quality patient care'.