The government will finally publish by ” A few days “ the administrative inquiry report on Orpea, which points to “serious malfunctions” within the Ehpad group, said Tuesday, March 29 the Minister Delegate for the Autonomy of the Elderly, Brigitte Bourguignon.
“I have decided with (the Minister of Health) Olivier Véran to publish the report within a few days, taking care of course to conceal the parts which must be, if Orpea still confirms that it does not want to completely lift the secret. Business “she said during a hearing at the Senate’s Social Affairs Committee.
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This report, drawn up by the General Inspectorate of Finance (IGF) and that of Social Affairs (Igas), was submitted to the government last week. He points to “serious malfunctions” within Orpea, which led the executive to take legal action.
On March 11, the Minister of Health Olivier Véran announced that he intended to publish “all, except for what is covered by business secrecy”. Two weeks later, Sunday March 27, Brigitte Bourguignon had nevertheless taken refuge behind this business secret to declare that the report could not be made public.
Lifting of business secrecy
“The government has never objected to the publication of the inspection report, only the Orpea group can prevent it, in particular on the grounds of business secrecy”specified this Tuesday the minister, who asked the CEO of Orpea, Philippe Charrier, to “remove business secrecy from the entire report”.
The government had seized the IGF and the Igas at the beginning of February to shed light on the facts denounced by the journalist Victor Castanet in an explosive book, “The Gravediggers”. The author accuses Orpea of having set up a “system” to maximize its profits at the expense of the well-being of residents and employees.
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After the publication of this book, the government also ordered an operation of control and investigation on the establishments which had known reports. Between February and March, more than 236 establishments reported, “mainly from the Orpea group but also from other commercial nursing homes”were unexpectedly checked by the Regional Health Agencies, said Brigitte Bourguignon.
“Several major malfunctions have been identified, leading for 70 of them to injunctions or sanctions”for some going as far as temporary administration and closure, she said.