Patient lawsuits say fake nurse caused ‘excruciating’ pain, loss of trust in health-care system – CBC

7 new claims filed against Brigitte Cleroux, operators of B.C. Women’s Hospital and nursing college

Jun 13, 2023

Seven women who say a serial imposter posing as a nurse left them in “excruciating” pain, exposed them to infection, injured them or personally insulted them have all filed lawsuits, alleging negligence by the operators of the Vancouver hospital where Brigitte Cleroux worked for a year.

The seven new claims, filed in B.C. Supreme Court last week, also raise concerns that Cleroux, who has never completed nursing school or held a valid licence, was allowed access to the patients’ personal information and medical records. They say this left them vulnerable to fraud and identity theft by someone with a long history of similar crimes.

The lawsuits each name 52-year-old Cleroux, the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) and the B.C. College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) as defendants, alleging both the health authority and the college are vicariously liable for physical pain and psychological suffering caused by Cleroux’s actions during gynecological surgeries at B.C. Women’s Hospital.

None of the allegations in the claims have been proven in court, and no responses to the lawsuits have been filed.

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