New Brunswick

Nurse fired after allegedly inducing labour without consent

A nurse in Moncton was fired after allegations labour was induced without consent, Horizon Health confirmed Saturday.

RCMP are investigating but no arrest has been made

The Horizon Health Network, which includes the Moncton Hospital, is the second largest health authority in Atlantic Canada. It includes 12 hospitals, has 13,000 employees and an annual budget of $1.2 billion. (CBC)

A nurse in Moncton was fired after allegations that labour was induced without consent, Horizon Health Network confirmed Saturday.

A press release from Horizon Health said it fired the labour and delivery nurse after an internal investigation revealed "strong evidence" the nurse administered Oxytocin, which caused two patients to require an urgent caesarean section. Horizon said it took immediate action to launch an investigation.

Oxytocin is a drug that causes contractions and is used to induce labour, speed up labour and stop bleeding following labour. If it's not administered properly, contractions can become too strong.

Ken Gillespie, an obstetrician at the hospital, encourages patients to reach out to Horizon if they have any questions about their care.

The health authority said the two affected patients and their families have been contacted. Hospital staff were informed of the situation March 27.

"Our investigation at this point has identified these two patients and these two patients alone," said Ken Gillespie, an obstetrician and chief of staff of Moncton Hospital, when asked if there could be more than two patients affected.

Gillespie said patients should reach out to Horizon if they have questions about their care.

"On behalf of Horizon we would like to apologize to the patients and families affected by the actions of our former employee," the press release said.

Horizon Health Network issued this letter regarding the firing. (CBC)

The press release also said the two mothers and their babies are "safe and doing well."

Horizon said it will not be commenting any further at this time.

RCMP said they are investigating an incident at the request of Horizon Health. They say no arrest has been made.


Sarah Morin


Sarah Morin is a reporter with CBC New Brunswick. She grew up in Thunder Bay and London, Ont. and moved to Fredericton for university. You can follow her on Twitter @sarrymorin or send a story tip to