By Le Figaro with AFP
In a letter addressed to the government, the union calls for a referral to the General Inspectorate of Social Affairs. The group denounces “disinformation”.
The CGT announces that it has been alerted to “physical violence» and “breaches” in many Ehpad private from the Emera group and calls for a referral to the Igas (General Inspectorate of Social Affairs), in a letter to the government consulted on Saturday. “It appears that the Emera group maintains a system of widespread mistreatment which occurs every day among their (…) residents and (…) employees», Writes the number one of the center Sophie Binet in this letter addressed to the Minister of Solidarity Aurore Bergé, to the Defender of Rights Claire Hédon and to the founder of the group of nursing homes Claude Cheton.
“First union organization within the group», the CGT has “been alerted by numerous employees and families of residents of the group of situations of physical and verbal violence, breaches of care, hygiene», she lists. “When staff representatives denounce this failing system, putting them in danger just as much as the residents», continues Sophie Binet, they “are threatened with sanctions and management uses intimidation methods to silence them“. The CGT asks Aurore Bergé to seize the Igas “in order to carry out a control, audit, expertise and evaluation mission for the Emera group“.
“Misinformation” for Emera
According to the Bordeaux public prosecutor’s office, an investigation targeting an Ehpad in Gradignan (Gironde) was opened for “habitual violence against vulnerable people» after a complaint filed against Emera, who denied these accusations and denounced the “disinformation“. Founded in 1987 by Claude Cheton, the Emera group has 7,000 employees and more than 100 establishments in France and Europe. Its turnover amounted to more than 230 million euros in 2018, just before the repurchase in 2019 of part of its capital by the investment funds Ardian and Naxicap.
Contacted by AFP, the Emera group said it did not have “practical knowledge of pressure on personnel“, a practice “contrary to the exchange policy advocated by the group.» Concerning the number of complaints filed by families or relatives of residents, the group indicates that, in October, it had recorded five in the last two years. “We express our most sincere condolences for the isolated situations which led in particular to deaths but contest some of the complaints», Adds Emera, uring that “none of these complaints has at this stage resulted in a conviction or indictment» of his responsibility.