22% hospital funds stay unutilised in Delhi

22% hospital funds stay unutilised in Delhi. In a city where patients are forced to seek treatment at private hospitals due to the lack of infrastructure at government ones, the CAG report has pointed out that 22.31% of funds allocated to 11 hospitals for 2010-15 remained unspent.

In a city where patients are forced to seek treatment at private hospitals due to the lack of infrastructure at government ones, the CAG report has pointed out that 22.31% of funds allocated to 11 hospitals for 2010-15 remained unspent.

Rao Tula Ram hospital reflected the highest saving of 39.47% against its allocation of Rs 20.70 crore. Other hospitals that had large unspent balances were Baba Saheb Ambedkar (34.78%), Guru Nanak Eye Centre (32.41%), G B Pant (32%), Maharishi Valmiki (29.58%) and Lok Nayak hospital (21.14%).

The audit also observed that among the 11 selected hospitals out of 39 government institutions, Guru Tegh Bahadur hospital received the highest allocation of Rs 116.70 crore in the last five years and reflected savings of 26.28%.

The government engaged HLL in August, 2013 for timely procurement of medical equipment, but it did not help. “During 2013-15, HLL received indents from 24 hospitals for procurement of 300 medical equipment costing Rs 183.87 crore. Only 42 equipment costing Rs 35.09 crore were delivered to the hospitals,” the CAG has said.

The auditor also highlighted cases of non-utilisation, under-utilisation and idling of equipment across all the selected hospitals. Similarly, consumable items were purchased in excess of actual requirements.

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