Iron scraps worth lakhs of rupees are rusting at Kozhikode Medical College Hospital owing to the apathy of concerned officials in disposing the same. Repeated calls to conduct an auction fell on deaf ears and the huge pile of scrap is consuming much space, even when the hospital is reeling under severe space crunch. Beds, trolleys, wheel chairs, equipment, doors, electronic devices and many other articles which are old and damaged have been dumped here. “Medical College is running short of trolleys, wheel chairs, beds and many other things. Moreover, the lifts here are not functioning. Had these scraps been sold, KMCH would have gotten enough money to repair the lifts and buy the equipment,” said a hospital staff. Dumped at various spots in KMCH, these scraps occupy over 2,000 square feet area when patients are forced to sleep on the floor. “All wards here are running short of space and one can see patients sleeping on the floor. "In this condition, using this much space to dump the scraps is absolutely reckless,” said source at KMCH. He also said that, had these scraps been removed, at least 200 beds can be placed in the space and it would be a great relief for the patients who sleep on the floor.