Director of major Lithuanian hospital suspended on abuse suspicions

Kęstutis Strupas

Kęstutis Strupas, director general of Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Klinikos, one of Lithuania's major hospitals, has been suspended from his job on suspicions of abuse amid a large-scale corruption probe by law-enforcement bodies, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

The decision to suspend Professor Strupas was made during a meeting of the Health Ministry and Vilnius University, the hospital's shareholders, it said.

In accordance with the Labour Code, the director general has been suspended for a month. The shareholders consider turning to law-enforcement bodies over a longer suspension in the future.

Juozas Raistenskis, director of Santaros' Children Hospital, will temporarily head the whole hospital until a person not linked to Santaros and the healthcare system is appointed as acting director general.

The Special Investigation Service (STT) said on Wednesday that it was investigating a suspected large-scale corruption scheme in which bribes, disguised as financial support to the hospital, were demanded from businesses in exchange for public procurement contracts.

Source: BNS
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