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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Jigna on Building public institutions: All is over bar the shouting. While the government has moved to decentralize the powers of the licensing authority, the FDA is still unable to perform its role as a watchdog.

EPW looks forward to your comments. 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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Two other doctors involved in the tragedy have also been reinstated – Dr A. Writing on health and development issues. Please note that comments are moderated as per our comments policy. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

New 3 Month Subscription to Digital Archives at. For the Bombay high court judge constituting the commission sees this as more than a limited investigation into hospital deaths, as he could well have. All Justice Lentin, now retired, chose to say was: This report, 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. Raykar, an assistant commissioner of the Food and Drug.

Notify me of new comments via email. Yet the Government has ignored its findings and reinstated Dr R. Small drug manufacturers insisted that they could not afford it.

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 lengin a single, roving, handwritten circular.


This entry was posted in Uncategorized. You are commissin using your Twitter account. The commission has made full use of the provisions of the Act to painstakingly comission 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.

The former minister was ordered to appear before the metropolitan courts by July 14, but he filed a writ petition in the Bombay high court challenging the order on the ground that the commission had no right to lentib such proceedings and further that it had no jurisdiction to examine him letnin the stage that it did.

Justice Lentin Commission report indicts Maharashtra public health administration

Although a mandatory precondition for issuing of a drug cpmmission license, the FDA did not insist on its implementation. Such measures would enable the medical and pharmaceutical industries to get back to their role of creating health rather than merely selling drugs. The Justice Lentin Commission of Enquiry: Raykar was dismissed on some unrelated charges concerning his leave travel allowance, even though his inquiry officer had only recommended the withholding of increments.

He had also assisted the trust in acquiring government-allotted land in Bandra, measuring 1, square metres at a throwaway price of Rs3. It recommended scrapping of drug procurement through the rate contract system and reser- vation for backward areas. Kept deliberately obtuse and replrt, its rules left to individual caprice, it facilitated racketeering and money making right down the line, at huge public cost.

Evidence shows that even these measures come to nought in the absence of strong political commitment to weed out corruption and disallow the shielding of politician cronies.

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Obviously, the Government didn’t agree. The nexus of corruption and negligence in our healthcare system is intact but is rarely exposed in the absence of commissiob vigilant media, strong public pressure, and government commitment. Raykar is now waiting for his petition to be heard by the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal. Despite the work of the Lentin Commission and several other reports of official expert committees, nothing has changed.


These deaths may not have come to public notice but for the Maharashtra Times story on it, broken commiswion journalist Jagan Phadnis. The commission headed by Justice Bakhtawar Lentin conducted one of the most publicised and thorough hospital investigations in history. Comments – Hide EPW looks forward to your comments. Editorial – edit epw. August 21, 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.

Shaligram, back at J. Lentin, and presumed that the matter would blow over.

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To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: The JJ Hospital 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 with. The commission found that far from regulating and imposing standards on the drug industry, the FDA had wilfully allowed substandard drugs to be sold in the market.

Nor have some of the recommendations regarding hospital administration been implemented. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The high court granted an interim injunction, but later rejected the petition. They may take some time to appear. As a cub reporter then working The Indian Express in Mumbai, I chose to cover the daily hearings of the Lentin Commission through its entire duration of one-and-a-half years.