The chief of the children’s surgery unit at the Georgios Gennimatas hospital in the northern port city of Thessaloniki was arrested late on Wednesday over charges of allegedly demanding a 1,000 euro bribe in order to operate on a 20-year-old patient.

According to initial reports, the patient’s parents filed a complaint against the surgeon with the Greek Police’s internal affairs department on Tuesday. A sting operation was subsequently organized on Wednesday, leading to the doctor's arrest.

The surgeon was expected to face a prosecutor on Thursday.