Marja Aarnio-Isohanni, the managing director at Esperi Care, has announced her decision to step down from the helm of the privately owned social and health care provider. (Credit: Lauri Heino – Lehtikuva)

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MARJA Aarnio-Isohanni has resigned as the managing director of Esperi Care, the privately owned social and health care provider that has received a wave of bad publicity after one of its nursing homes was shut down by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira).

“I believe resignation is the right choice in these circumstances,” Aarnio-Isohanni stated on Tuesday.

“I have focused mainly on growth and profitability in my work, while paying less attention to issues related to human resources. The entire company and its employees have suffered as a result. I am very sorry and I will accept my responsibility for the mistake,” she added.

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Valvira on Friday temporarily suspended the operations of a nursing home operated by the private social and health care provider in Kristiinankaupunki, Western Finland. The decision was made on grounds that understaffing had had a severe impact on the quality of basic care and nursing at the facility, reportedly resulting in the death of one patient.

The staff of the nursing home had also issued a strike warning in protest of the circumstances.

Aarnio-Isohanni said Esperi Care has looked thoroughly into the “alleged death” at the nursing home but discovered no report or request for report related to such an incident. “I wanted to say this as I leave the company,” she added.

Harri-Pekka Kaukonen, the board chairperson at Esperi Care, stated that he regrets that the protests of personnel at the nursing home had not been taken seriously. He also underscored that the social and health care provider has introduced a number of measures to address the situation and will carefully investigate the allegations made in public.

Esperi Care announced last weekend it will hire more employees and examine the quality of care and nursing at all of its units across Finland.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi

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