This morning Lithuanian media reported that another minister may submit a resignation letter to Prime Minister Kubilius. The Minister concerned is Algis Caplikas, from the Centre and Liberal Party, who is heading the Ministry of Health. However, the Minister will stay, at least for the time being.
The reason for his resignation was ‘political responsibility’ for former Vice Minister of Health Mr Arturas Skikas. The former Vice Minister was sentenced to a two years conditional sentence suspended for two years on 5 February for taking a bribe. Mr
Skikas, whilst Vice Minster, demanded a 20.000 to 30.000 LTL bribe from the National Blood Centre Director.
However, this morning Prime Minster Kubilius said he was convinced that the Minister of Health is fit to continue in his post. The Prime Minister after Monday’s Government meeting said to reporters, “I don’t see any reason for him to resign. Judging from the information I received from judicial institutions I see no grounds for doing so. In addition, as far as political aspects are concerned, of course, the minister may have to think about some things with colleagues, but really, I see no grounds for resignation.”
Prime Minister Kubilius said that Caplikas must continue with reforms to Lithuania’s health system. Kubilius said, ‘We accept the political responsibility for changing such a system, which according to all corruption maps is not transparent and therefore, is obstructing any reforms. (…) We agreed with the Minister that he, together with the Special Investigative Service and the other judicial institutions will undertake all necessary measures to clean up this system.’