INVESTIGATION The gendarmes raided several establishments of the private retirement home group Orpea on Tuesday, as part of a preliminary investigation into “institutional abuse” carried out in Nanterre
- Several searches were launched on Tuesday in establishments of the private retirement home group Orpea, as part of a preliminary investigation for “institutional abuse” carried out in Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine).
- Orpea has been in turmoil since the publication last January of the investigative book Les Fossoyeurs, written by journalist Victor Castanet. In it, he denounced mistreatment of residents, misuse of public funds and shortcomings in the management of personnel.
- At the end of April, a two-part investigation, one for institutional mistreatment and the other for financial offences, was opened by the Nanterre prosecution. The first is based in particular on some fifty complaints from families of residents for “endangering the lives of others”, “failure to assist a person in danger”, “manslaughter” and “violence by negligence”.
It’s an unfortunate coincidence of the calendar. This Tuesday, the new management of Orpea presented his plan to get the financially battered private care home group back on track. On the same day, the gendarmes of the Central Office for the fight against attacks against the environment and to health (Oclaesp), who are working on a preliminary investigation into “institutional mistreatment” led to Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine), led searches throughout France. In their sights: a dozen establishments for dependent elderly people managed by the group, present in 23 countries. 20 Minutes takes stock of the case.
What is he accused of? to Orpea ?
World leader in retirement homes, the Orpea group, which manages more than 350 establishments in France, has been in turmoil since the publication last January of the survey book The Gravediggers (ed. Fayard), written by Victor Castanet. Elderly people “rationed” Testimonials to In support, the journalist reveals numerous cases of mistreatment in the group’s nursing homes and denounces the misuse of public funds and shortcomings in personnel management. Accusations that the group largely rejects, as it explains on its site.
What was it? the reaction of the government?
Following these revelations, the government launched a two administrative and financial investigations, entrusted to l’IGAS (General Inspectorate of Social Affairs) and l’IGF (General Inspectorate of Finance) and makes a report to the justice.
In their 500-page report, presented last April, inspectors from both services pointed out that “piloting” establishments of the Orpea group, which are often overcrowded, “gives priority to to financial performance” rather than quality criteria. When it comes to food, “grammages” of meals served to seniors are “significantly and consistently inadequate”.
How many complaints have been made? Registered?
At the same time, dozens of families of residents have filed complaint to the Nanterre public prosecutor's office for “endangering others”, “manslaughter”, but also “failure to provide assistance person in danger” and “negligent abuse”. About thirty nursing homes are targeted, in particular the establishments “Le Corbusier” Boulogne-Billancourt, and “The Edges of the Seine” Neuilly-sur-Seine.
The latter is particularly “symptomatic,” 20 Minutesthe lawyer Fabien Arakelian, who advises and accompanies relatives of residents accommodated in nursing homes. Three of these cases concern Orpea establishments. “Families were paying exorbitant prices” while “malfunctions” observed constitute, according to him, the “sumum; poorly done in these establishments.
Whereù are the investigations?
At the end of April, a survey at two parts, one for institutional mistreatment and the other for financial offenses, was opened by the Nanterre public prosecutor's office. These investigations had been attached to; a survey already in progress for offenses against; labor legislation. In June, a dozen gendarmes from the Research Section of Versailles and Oclaesp searched the property. the company’s headquarters, at Puteaux (Hauts-de-Seine), as well as regional offices. The exploitation of this search is still in progress.
Five months later, justice has therefore decided; to launch a new wave of searches on Tuesday. “These searches are a good thing, it may help to bring to light some possible and unidentified actions so far,” AFP lawyer Sarah Saldmann, who represents families of residents. “Better late than never. I note that justice is finally beginning to open your eyes and go into fifth,” commented his colleague, Fabien Arakelian. The lawyer “hopes that, subsequently, within the framework of the judicial investigations which are in progress, there will be indictments, then hearings during which criminal responsibilities will be revealed. ;workbenches”.