Ireland’s largest private nursing home owner and operator, Orpea, is facing a wide-ranging investigation over allegations of malpractice in France.

Earlier this month, Orpea announced the resignation of its CEO, Yves Le Masne, following allegations of patient abuse that surfaced in a book, “Les Fossoyeurs” (The Gravediggers), by independent journalist Victor Castanet who investigated the group’s homes in France.

The government has announced that Orpea’s homes in France will be subjected to administrative and financial checks following meetings with the company’s leaders last week, Reuters reported.

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Prime Minister Jean Castex said that the government would strengthen requirements for companies to run care homes in France with proposals expected by the end of the month.

Orpea has denied the allegations and said the investigation will not affect its homes in Ireland.

Orpea became Ireland’s largest nursing home owner and operator following a series of acquisitions, including six nursing homes from FirstCare in 2021.

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