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Mumbai, Dec 9 – Bombay High Court on Friday asked Maharashtra government on steps being taken to spend on budgetary allocation, reasons for not releasing the entire sanctioned amount and the reasons for not utilising the entire released amount for procurement of drugs and medical equipment and causing it to lapse thereby making the healthcare system suffer.

“It (budgetary allocation) is lying unspent. Who is the ultimate sufferer?” asked a division bench of Chief Justice DK Upadhyaya and Justice Arif Doctor.

The high court has taken suo motu (on its own) cognisance of patients deaths at two state-run hospitals in Nanded and Sambhajinagar. A batch of petitions too were filed raising concerns over the high number of deaths.

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