Brigitte Cleroux is facing charges for allegedly posing as a nurse at a Vancouver hospital. It is newly discovered that she also worked at a private surgery clinic in Victoria.
Management at View Royal Surgical Clinic confirmed Monday that Brigitte Cleroux was employed there for three weeks in November 2020.
Fatima Fazal, the chief operating officer for parent company Surgical Centres Inc., said “we are working with the authorities to review the matter and ensure patients who may have had contact with Ms. [Cleroux] are provided with the information and support they need.”
Cleroux, 49, is charged with:
- fraud over $5,000; and,
- personation for posed as a perioperative nurse at B.C. Women’s Hospital from June 2020 to June 2021.
- She also faces charges in Ottawa based on similar allegations,
Cleroux has long history of convictions for posting as a nurse in multiple provinces.
However, it is not confirmed if she’s under investigation by police in Victoria. West Shore RCMP, who are responsible for the area where the clinic is located, said they can only confirm the existence of an investigation if charges are laid.
She does not currently face any charges in connection with her time in Victoria.
Cleroux has never been licensed as a nurse and only completed two years of nursing school.
CBC reported that “patients at B.C. Women’s Hospital who have opened up about their experience have largely described her as unprofessional and rude, and they have questions about whether complications they experienced during gynecological surgeries are linked to her presence in the operating room.”
Vancouver police have said that Cleroux used the name of a real nurse to gain employment in Vancouver, but investigators and the Provincial Health Services Authority have declined to say how the alleged fraud was discovered.
Cleroux is scheduled to appear in Vancouver provincial court on Jan. 5.
The B.C. College of Nurses and Midwives told CBC last week that it could not comment on whether there were any complaints about Cleroux in either city. The college posted a public notice about Cleroux in June.
This article was originally sourced by www.cbc.ca.