Strong Reactions SET UP to probe the 19 deaths at Bombay’s J J hospital last January, the Lentin Commission has been making history of sorts. For the Bombay. Justice Lentin Commission report indicts Maharashtra public health administration – Issue Date: Apr 30, Maharashtra government mocks Lentin report by reinstating doctors The commission headed by Justice Bakhtawar Lentin conducted one of.

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Justice Lentin Commission report indicts Maharashtra public health administration

You are commenting using your WordPress. Yet the Government has ignored its findings and reinstated Dr R. Although a mandatory precondition for issuing of a drug manufacturing license, the FDA did not insist on its implementation.

The nexus of corruption and negligence in our healthcare system is intact but is rarely exposed in the absence of a vigilant media, strong public pressure, and government commitment. Notify me of new comments via email. He had also assisted the trust in acquiring government-allotted lrntin in Bandra, measuring 1, square metres at a throwaway price of Rs3.

This reporf, made public in Marchafter much prevarication by the state government, is the first official document of its kind providing a rare and detailed insight into the state of our public health system. August 21, This added to the inducements of the manufacturer of sub standard, spurious and misbranded drugs and total lack of fear of the consequences pro- vided by the Act and Rules.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Politicians stepped in to cancel every transfer made on Dolas since and overruled adverse reports made against him by successive FDA commissioners. It turned out to be a rare exposure and education on how the public health system works in our country and where one needs to look to find irregularities.

Photo by Rupa Chinai. The JJ Lsntin tragedy took place because the FDA Food and Drug Administration granted an illegal licence to Alpana Pharma, supplier of the killer drug glycerol, without ensuring that basic regulations were complied xommission. Skip to main content.

Lwntin was this talent that enabled officers like S. This official handled all applications for licences and had the power to refuse or grant them. Get instant access to the complete Cpmmission archives Subscribe now.


This pointed to the enormous scale on which the public health system had been reduced to a captive market for profit spinning, where human life was of least concern. Several consumer and medical bodies have asserted the need to start by weeding out drugs banned the world over, but continue to be manufactured and sold in India, in some cases even in defi- ance of the ban order of the Drug Controller of India, under the shield of co,mission stay orders.

It instead suggested that government hospitals directly purchase their quota from reputed manufactur- lentij and conduct their own tests to ensure standard-quality drugs, amongst other measures. This and a multitude of such incidents uncovered by the commission revealed how the ocmmission of drug purchase and licensing was vulnerable to the pressures of vested interests. This site uses cookies. Maharashtra government mocks Lentin report by reinstating doctors involved in public hospital deaths scandal Reinstatement mocks Lentin report.

These deaths may not have come to public notice cokmission for the Maharashtra Times story on it, broken by journalist Jagan Phadnis. Small drug manufacturers insisted that they could not afford it. The commission headed by Justice Bakhtawar Lentin conducted one of the most publicised and thorough hospital investigations in history.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. The hearings revealed the archaic method of communication within the sprawling hospital, where even on a matter as vital as stopping a killer drug, the information was conveyed through a single, roving, handwritten circular.

Worse, former health minister Baliram Hiray, against whom Lentin had passed strong strictures, was nominated as a member of the state Legislative Council. In his report, Lentin had observed of Chandrikapure: Comkission public furore that followed compelled the Maharashtra government to announce the institution of an enquiry commission, led by a sitting judge commsision the Bombay High Court, Justice B.

The same Dr Chandrikapure is now dean of the famous Sassoon Hospital in Pune, after an inquiry conducted by the Department of Medical Education reportedly decided that depriving him of three increments was enough punishment for his role in the hospital deaths. The Truth About Governance in Gujarat: Kept deliberately obtuse and secretive, its rules left to individual caprice, it facilitated racketeering and money making right down the line, at huge public cost.


Instituted under the Commissions of Inquiry Act, Justice Lentin had the freedom to define the scope of the inquiry narrowly And it is because he has chosen not to do so that so many interests are now seeking to scuttle or sabotage the inquiry and variously dilute its findings.

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All is over bar the shouting. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Writing on health and development issues. It is time to pause and forage into the murky waters of lies, deceit, intrigue, ineptitude and corruption to salvage the truth which led to this ghastly and tragic episode.

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Subscribers please login to access full text of the article. Chandrikapure, who was dean repoort the government-run J. Comments – Hide EPW looks forward to your comments.

None of this will be palatable in the affected quarters. It did not, and for several years thereafter, the Justice Lentin Commission of Inquiry remained the focus of intense and unprecedented public and media interest. It is here where the system has utterly failed, resulting in the kind of tragedy which struck the JJ Hospital. Do You Like This Story? The commission has made full use of the provisions of the Act to painstakingly accumulate voluminous evidence that has exposed the most rampant corruption which has undoubtedly cost many, many more unrecorded deaths over the years than the 19 accounted for at the J J hospital By the end of July the commission had recorded 3, pages of evidence over days and had perused 1, files to collect “unimpeachable documentary evidence” pointing to large-scale malpractices in the supply of glycerol and other medicines to the hospitals and to blatant disregard for all rules and regulations at every stage, from the pharmacology department to the dean of the hospital and from the rank and file of the Foods and Drugs Authority FDA right up to the state health ministry.