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05.11.17

The Sickness of the EPO – Part IX: Using Confidential Medical Records as a Weapon Against Staff

Posted in Europe, Patents at 9:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Not just Elodie Bergot (HR) allegedly abuses access to medical data [1, 2]

Confidentiality and occupational health: Your secret’s safe with OH
Reference: Confidentiality and occupational health: Your secret’s safe with OH (not at the EPO though, where such secrets are leveraged against staff)

Summary: In defiance/violation of labour laws and medical oaths etc. the EPO is passing around medical information, either for dismissal pretexts or a sort of blackmail — a serious abuse in its own right

THE state of “health” at the EPO is worse than sad; it’s terrible! Almost half the employees suffer from Upper Limb Disorder (ULD) — a fact that Team Battistelli tries to hide — and sick people are being forced to come in and work (gross violation of labour laws).

“Almost half the employees suffer from Upper Limb Disorder (ULD) — a fact that Team Battistelli tries to hide — and sick people are being forced to come in and work (gross violation of labour laws).”Remember: Battistelli has repeatedly demonstrated that his administration can get away with anything! That in itself must be scary to staff; it’s a cautionary tale or warning sign.

On the other hand, those blindly loyal to Battistelli receive free dental/medical care (some say in exchange for their vote), which means a lot to delegates from countries like Bulgaria (mentioned explicitly in that context). Today and yesterday the EPO bragged about “Bulgaria join[ing] the Federated Register,” probably distracting (or at least attempting to distract) from all that important news about the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

“In a sense, Battistelli’s reign of terror serves to gag truth-tellers.”Today’s story is based on feedback we have received from multiple readers, having researched the subject for a bit. Dr. Koopman was mentioned in two of the latest articles about OHS (occupational health) [1, 2], but as we noted the last time, he is not the only culprit. As the famous saying goes, “a fish rots from the head down.” There is another culprit who goes by the name of Ms. Mechthild Noé. There is very little information about her online, but EPO insiders know her pretty well. It’s connected to Dr. Koopman, who is now retired (no update on his status since). “No real update about Koopman” can be made accsible, told us one source, “without making public a personal situation.”

We hear a lot of that nowadays. We actually have a lot more that we are able to expose, but showing documents related to that would likely enable retribution against individuals. In a sense, Battistelli’s reign of terror serves to gag truth-tellers. We try carefully to reveal information in the public interest without compromising sources.

“Your letters were selectively forwarded as “needed”, sometimes to the EPO lawyer, sometimes to the management and sometimes answered by herself, acting as a self-made jurist.”
      –Anonymous
“I have a little crumb of relevant information,” one reader told us not too long ago. “Koopman was assisted by a noxious assistant: the loyal Ms. Mechthild Noé. Ms Noé is still in place. She proactively forwarded the management produced information related to your case. In addition she was free to send letters on her own, to you, to other doctors etc. with her very personal style. One thing was sure: her literature was in line with the office policy, distorting the rules and facts and filling her letters with lies and slander. In fact Ms. Noé was your unique contact in the OHS and as such an unavoidable firewall. Your letters were selectively forwarded as “needed”, sometimes to the EPO lawyer, sometimes to the management and sometimes answered by herself, acting as a self-made jurist. Actually you could never be sure that a letter of yours was forward to the intended destination. As such, she manipulated the procedures before the medical committee. She was an intended source of confusion, but there was no purpose in complaining because Rule n° 1 applied (Rule n° 1: “It is always your fault”). Ms. Noé enjoys 100% management support.”

“Ms Noé is the kind of willing and evil servants the EPO needs to achieve the “social dictatorship”.”
      –Anonymous
We have asked around about Ms. Noé and it seems like quite a few people are aware of these issues. There are many victims of that reckless behaviour.

“Maybe the last point is the most important,” the source added. “Ms Noé didn’t feel bound by any kind of medical secrecy. You could be sure that confidential information landing on her desk will immediately be forwarded to (and exploited by) the administration.

“Ms Noé is the kind of willing and evil servants the EPO needs to achieve the “social dictatorship”.”

For more posts on related matters, readers may wish to see/revisit the following parts:

We have a lot more information available to us, but time will tell when and what we can divulge. This pandora’s box needs to be opened for proper scrutiny (and accountability), even if much belated/overdue.

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