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.