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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

Such measures would enable the medical repoft pharmaceutical industries to get back to their role of creating health rather than merely selling drugs. Yet the Government has ignored its findings and reinstated Dr R. You are commenting using your WordPress. In consequence, the commission underlined that the cheapest-priced drug was not a criterion to guarantee quality drugs. Raykar, an assistant commissioner of the Food and Drug. View the discussion thread. Maharashtra government mocks Lentin report by reinstating doctors involved in public hospital deaths scandal Reinstatement mocks Lentin report.

Some key thinking emerging from the debates of that time is that the government will not be able to stem such tragedies unless it addresses itself to two tasks. Worse, former health minister Baliram Hiray, against whom Lentin had passed strong strictures, was nominated as a member of the state Legislative Council. Chandrikapure, who was dean of the government-run J.

Evidence shows that even these measures come to nought in the absence of comkission political commitment to weed out corruption and disallow the shielding of politician cronies. Nor have some of the recommendations regarding hospital administration been implemented.

All is over bar the shouting. While the government has moved to decentralize the powers of the licensing authority, lenitn FDA is still unable to perform its role as a watchdog. The former minister was ordered to appear before the xommission courts by July comission, but he filed a writ petition in the Bombay high court challenging the order on the ground that the commission had no right to institute such proceedings and further that it had llentin jurisdiction to examine him at the stage that it did.


Something’s rotten – Indiascope News – Issue Date: Apr 30,

The commission undertook a detailed investigation into the manner in which the FDA functioned, both in terms of licensing and controlling the standard of drugs produced. Dolas, the FDA joint commissioner and sole licensing authority in the state to thwart every transfer order, supported as he was by a galaxy of politicians, thereby enabling an uninterrupted year posting in Mumbai. It is here where the system has utterly failed, resulting in the kind of tragedy which struck the JJ Hospital.

These deaths may not have come to public notice but for the Maharashtra Times story on it, broken by journalist Jagan Phadnis. 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.

An eye-opener – Indiascope News – Issue Date: Apr 30,

EPW looks forward to your comments. To begin with in the short term, given Indian conditions—where we contend with an irresponsible pharmaceutical industry and an inadequate vigilance machinery— there is need for stiff penal action against errant manufacturers which includes FDA confiscation of machinery lenti property repor extreme cases and prevention of cases from languishing in the courts. Please note that comments are moderated as per our comments policy.

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About flamingofeather Independent Journalist based in Mumbai. 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.

August 21, 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. This and a multitude of such incidents uncovered by the commission revealed how the system of drug purchase and licensing was vulnerable to the pressures of vested interests.

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.


By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Despite the work of the Lentin Commission and several other reports of official expert committees, nothing has changed.

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. You are commenting using your Facebook account. The Truth About Governance in Gujarat: None of this will be palatable in the affected quarters.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Raykar was dismissed on some unrelated charges concerning his leave travel allowance, even though his inquiry officer had only recommended the withholding of increments. 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 court-granted stay orders.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Tell us what you didn’t like in the 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.

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. It recommended an Anti-Corruption Bureau investigation against him as also former health minister Baliram Hiray, who was similarly indicted.

Hospital in Bombay in Januarywhen at least 14 patients died after being administered adulterated glycerine. Jigna on Building public institutions: Two other doctors involved in the tragedy have also been reinstated – Dr A.