Ireland’s largest private nursing home owner and operator, Orpea, has published the findings Grant Thornton and Alvarez & Marsal’s audits regarding the allegations of malpractice at is nursing homes in France.

The allegations of patient abuse surfaced in a book, ‘Les Fossoyeurs’ (The Gravediggers), by independent journalist Victor Castanet who investigated the group’s homes in France.

Philippe Charrier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said: “The publication of the conclusions of the external evaluation mission is in line with the full transparency approach adopted by the Board of Directors in response to the allegations made against the Group.

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“Although the report demonstrates that some of these allegations cannot be substantiated, it also confirms failures and misconduct for which, once again, we would like to offer our most sincere apologies to all of our stakeholders. Since the departure of the former Chief Executive Officer on 30 January 2022, we have introduced emergency and structural measures to correct inefficient systems, eradicate inappropriate practices, sanction individual mistakes and take the relevant legal actions.

“We will continue resolutely along this path and provide the Group with the means to fully accomplish its mission and build the foundations of its future. Laurent Guillot, who will take up his position as Chief Executive Officer on July 1, will be responsible for building this new ORPEA always better meeting the expectations of the Group’s stakeholders and employees.”

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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