Wednesday, May 18

Ehpad Orpea. The director general summoned on February 1 by the government

The Minister Delegate for the Autonomy of the Elderly, Brigitte Bourguignon, summoned the CEO of Orpea, Jean-Christophe Romersi, on February 1 to “respond” to the “serious accusations” concerning the group’s practices in its nursing homes, denounced in a book that caused shock waves.

“I would like to hear from you during an interview at my ministry on Tuesday February 1 at 9:15 a.m.”, at the request of the Minister of Health Olivier Véran, said Ms. Bourguignon in a letter in a severe tone, addressed Thursday to Mr. Romersi.

This interview “will be an opportunity to hear the explanations of the Orpea group on several points which will be the subject of in-depth investigations by the State services”, she specifies in this letter.

The Minister wishes to have details on “the allocation to establishments of consumables such as sanitary protection or on issues related to the nutrition of residents”, “the group’s managerial practices concerning staff, the rate of supervision”, ” the procedures for reporting and following up on acts of mistreatment reported by relatives of residents” as well as “the group’s financial practices”.

“The government cannot tolerate such facts if they are proven”

An investigation by the General Inspectorate of Social Affairs (Igas) “on all or part of the establishments in your group” may be carried out following this interview, specifies Ms. Bourguignon.

In the investigative book “Les Fossoyeurs”, the independent journalist Victor Castanet describes a system where hygiene care, medical care, and even residents’ meals are “rationed” to improve Orpea’s profitability. And this while stays are charged at full price.
Orpea disputes the accusations, which it describes as “false, outrageous and prejudicial”.

“The government cannot tolerate such facts if they are proven,” writes Brigitte Bourguignon in her letter.

The publication of the book plunged the title Orpea, listed on the Paris Stock Exchange, and aroused many indignant reactions from union and political leaders.

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