A patient who was evicted from a hospital after spending more than two years in a bed said he did not want to stay and “tried to get out of there”.
Adriano Guedes, 63, was admitted to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston, Norfolk, after having a stroke in 2014.
He was evicted on 10 January after the hospital obtained a court order, saying he had occupied the bed “unnecessarily”.
“I didn’t want to stay, and they forced me to stay,” Mr Guedes told the BBC.
“It’s very bad to occupy a place which should be used by someone in need, but I didn’t cause the situation. On the contrary – I tried to get out of there.”
Mr Guedes said he had asked to be moved out of hospital into a “wheelchair-friendly place” and to see a spinal specialist in London for his injuries.
“I wanted to leave but they always offered what they knew I would refuse,” he claimed.
The hospital insisted he had been offered appropriate accommodation.
Anna Hills, the hospital’s director of governance, said Mr Guedes had “repeatedly refused all offers of appropriate accommodation organised by our local authority and social care partners, despite being fit for discharge”.
The hospital also said it had worked “throughout in partnership with a range of agencies to achieve a safe discharge from the hospital”.
It said “detailed planning” had taken place which “led to a successful discharge in this complex case”.
The hospital applied to the court for a possession order to claim back the bed occupied by the man.
It was granted on 1 December and Mr Guedes was evicted on 10 January.
The Department for Health says the average daily cost of a hospital bed is about £400, meaning the man’s stay at James Paget would have cost about £340,000 for the two years.
Mr Guedes, who moved to the UK from Portugal for work 15 years ago, is now living in a council flat in Suffolk.