* Suspends CFO, exec vice-chairman pending probe
* Says FY results could be materially below market view
* Suspends trading in AIM-listed shares (Adds details)
Jan 24 (Reuters) - British medical staffing firm Healthcare Locums Plc HLO.L suspended its chief financial officer and another top executive as it investigates serious accounting irregularities at the company.
“Serious accounting irregularities have been brought to the attention of the board as a result of which the company will be carrying out an immediate investigation to consider the financial implications,” Healthcare Locums said in a statement.
CFO Diane Jarvis and Executive Vice Chairman Kate Bleasdale had been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation, it said.
The officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
The company, which suspended trading in its AIM-listed shares, said results for the full year could be significantly below market estimates.
Analysts are looking for a full-year pretax profit of 25.7 million pounds ($41.09 million), on revenue of 182.8 million pounds, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
In March, the company, which supplies staff to hospital and social services, had restated its results to reflect a new accounting policy for permanent placements. [ID:nSGE62M09J]
Healthcare Locums shares closed at 112.5 pence on Monday on the London Stock Exchange. The stock has shed more than 25 percent since the company reported weak first-half results in September. ($1=.6254 Pound) (Reporting by Adveith Nair in Bangalore; Editing by Vinu Pilakkott)
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