AN AMPUTEE who has been in hospital for three months waiting for a council house said he feels like he’s “been left to rot”.
David Butcher, who is originally from Cwmcarn but now lives in Risca, has been in the Royal Gwent Hospital since January after having the bottom part of his right leg amputated due to a blood clot.
And even though the 47-year-old – who has adventitial cystic disease – has now recovered from his operation, he says he is still in hospital because he’s waiting for a house with disabled access from Caerphilly County Borough Council.
“I came into hospital on January 2. I have a disease in my blood that makes me prone to blood clots. The doctors say I have ‘clotty blood’. I had to have the bottom of my right leg removed and I have an anomaly in my left leg. I can’t walk,” Mr Butcher said.
“After the operation we (he and his fiancee) rang up Caerphilly council to ask for a house with disabled access. They told us that we were a number-one priority for a disabled house that comes up in Risca.”
Mr Butcher said he and fiancee Angela Dodd are in need of a house in Risca as she is a full-time carer for her 80-year-old mother. He claims a house near to where his own mother lives – which is also in Risca – came up but a homeless person were given the property instead.
However, Caerphilly council said that Mr Butcher is on the housing register and has been given “the highest priority” they can give for an “urgent move”.
A spokeswoman for the council said: “Our occupational therapist has been fully liaising with the Royal Gwent Hospital discharge team to facilitate a planned move into suitable accommodation as soon as is possible”.
Mr Butcher says he has been medically fit for 12 weeks and said he feels like a burden for taking up a bed in the hospital.
He said: “We need to be close to Risca.
“There was a house that came up near my mum’s that was for (those who need) disabled access but the house was given to a homeless person instead.
“I am absolutely fuming. I am still in hospital waiting.
“I am medically fit and have been for 12 weeks now and I’m taking up a bed that I don’t need.
“Basically this is my life we are talking about. It’s just been put off and put off. I feel as though I have been left to rot.
“We asked how long we would wait and the allocations woman at the council said ‘how long is a piece of string?’ I just want this sorted.”