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Orpea scandal: the group has "sin for lack of rigor"says its CEO

“The time has come to build the new Orpea, in transparency,” said the group’s CEO, Philippe Charrier, in an interview with the Sunday newspaper of May 8. “This is why we are launching the ‘general states of Orpea'”, the idea being to open, between May 13 and June 11, the doors of our Ehpad to the families of residents, elected officials, the associative world , to journalists and to all citizens interested in the issue of old age”, he said. The first conclusions of the two external audits commissioned by the group point to flaws in the care of patients.

“Reports of serious adverse events related to care, in particular, were too slow; there may have been omissions”, recognizes Mr. Charrier. The audits also show the existence of year-end discounts from suppliers of publicly funded products. “Orpea sinned for lack of rigor. Today, we know, so we correct”, assures Philippe Charrier. To fight against understaffing, the group, which will present its annual results on Friday, May 13, will “from now on pay overtime, study the possibility of offering better mutual insurance” to its “collaborators, facilitate their career development and changes status,” he continued.

The private group recently filed a complaint against X for misuse of corporate assets. This “complaint against unnamed persons” relates to “past facts and operations – unrelated to the conditions of reception and care of residents – likely to raise questions with regard to the social interest of Orpea and discovered at the continuation of internal investigations”, had explained the group at the beginning of May.

The group has been under fire from critics since the publication at the end of January of the investigative book by independent journalist Victor Castanet “Les Fossoyeurs”. A report commissioned by the government pointed to serious dysfunctions in early April. And the group has been the subject of a judicial inquiry since the end of April, opened in Nanterre, on suspicion of institutional mistreatment or financial offences.

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