A former nurse has unsuccessfully sued the NHS, claiming that she was subject to 'hypnotic experiments' at work which made her 'fart against her will'.
Xandra Samson, who worked at Ealing Hospital in London, was sacked in December 2019 after refusing psychiatric help. She then sued London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination.
She claimed at a recent employment tribunal that bosses were trying to "control" employees, making the workplace hot and poorly ventilated to allow their consciousnesses to be altered.
At the time of her sacking, Samson contacted the National Hypnotherapy Society in an attempt to back up her allegations.
She added that she was the target of a little-known hypnotic practice called the "ideomotor phenomenon" which allegedly forces people into unconscious behaviours.
She said at the tribunal: "I would like to report an observed pattern of likely inappropriate use of hypnosis/ideomotor phenomenon in my NHS workplace.
"I am a healthy individual and do not have any past medical history but recently I have had various symptoms including headaches, breathing difficulty (a feeling of getting choked), and gastrointestinal disturbance (borborygmus, spasms, flatulence).
"It becomes extremely bothersome and a distraction at work. It also involves a feeling of being attacked in various parts of the body including that of one’s private part, which I feel is very inappropriate.
"I understand that control is achieved in this phenomenon with an altered state of consciousness and the poorly controlled thermoregulation and inadequate ventilation in the area is set up for this purpose.
"I have also noticed that I am being subjected to significant stress/anxiety, which I think makes the subject control easier in this process."
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Before her sacking, two separate doctors had deemed Samson unfit for work.
She lost this recent case at the Watford Employment Tribunal Centre.
Judge Oliver Hyams sided the the NHS, admitting that he "had no idea what ideomotor phenomenon was".
He added: "[NHS bosses] did what they did purely because of what they perceived to be impairments to her mental health exhibited by her various statements."
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