Stevenage family’s frustration: ‘Dying dad ought to getting a better deal’

John Hill pictured at home in Stevenage, has terminal lung cancer, and is unhappy at Stevenage Borou

John Hill pictured at home in Stevenage, has terminal lung cancer, and is unhappy at Stevenage Borough Council not carrying out vital work on his house - Credit: Archant

The family of a Stevenage man suffering from terminal cancer are unhappy with the lack of council action to make his final days more comfortable.

John Hill, 72, who lives in Nash Close, Chells, lost his wife in May last year and soon after was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.

His family told Stevenage Borough Council his home needed to be modified to allow him dignity in his final months and years.

But his son, also called John, claims that the council didn’t carry out the work at his three bed home – including a wetroom, and a sloped path for his scooter – because of his condition.

The council says it is trying to find a solution. A spokesman said: “We’re working with Mr Hill to clarify his needs with a view to moving him into a suitable property when one’s available.”

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But John junior said: “We told the council he needed the house to be adapted, or for them to rehouse him in a bungalow catering for his needs.

“Since we told them he was terminal, there’s been no work done on the house. They also told us they don’t have any other council accommodation.

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“It feels like they’re waiting for him to die so they don’t have to spend any money on his house, or in rehousing him.

“He sat on the edge of his bed crying and said to me with tears in his eyes: ‘It feels like they’re just waiting for me to die.’

Mr Hill senior’s daughter, Sharon Hill, added: “We just want the council to allow him a bit of dignity in his final days – is that too much to ask?”

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