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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Raykar is now waiting for his petition to be heard by the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal. The Justice Lentin Commission of Enquiry: Maharashtra government mocks Lentin report by reinstating doctors involved in public hospital deaths scandal Reinstatement mocks Lentin report. None of this will be palatable in the affected quarters. It instead suggested that government hospitals directly purchase their quota from reputed manufactur- ers and conduct their own tests to ensure standard-quality drugs, amongst other measures.

The public furore that followed compelled the Maharashtra government to announce the institution of an enquiry commission, led by a sitting judge of the Bombay High Court, Justice B. Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. 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 re;ort had recorded 3, lenti 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.

Administration who had actually assisted the Lentin Commission. They may take some time to appear. Notify me of new comments via email. 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 licensing of the then Lenhin, crore drugs industry in Maharashtra was solely handled by the FDA joint commissioner and licensing authority, who was answerable to none but the health minister. 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.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Politicians stepped in to cancel every transfer made on Dolas since and overruled adverse reports made against him by successive FDA commissioners. When questioned, FDA joint commissioner S.

Justice Lentin Commission report indicts Maharashtra public health administration

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Obviously, the Government didn’t agree. The commission headed by Justice Bakhtawar Lentin conducted one of the most publicised and thorough hospital investigations in history.

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.

The hearings revealed commissiln 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, lenitn, handwritten circular. 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.

Do You Like This Story? All is over bar the shouting. These deaths may not have come to public notice but for the Maharashtra Times story on it, broken by journalist Jagan Phadnis. 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. Some key thinking emerging from the debates of that time is that lentni government will not be able to stem such tragedies unless it addresses itself to two tasks.

It recommended scrapping of drug procurement through the rate contract system and reser- vation for backward areas. Writing on health and development issues. Shaligram, back at J. It recommended an Anti-Corruption Bureau investigation against him as also former health minister Baliram Hiray, who was re;ort indicted. They have also stressed the uselessness of cough mixtures, tonics—major money spinners for the industry—which can be effectively and cheaply substituted by a balanced food diet.


The Truth About Governance in Gujarat: 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 and property in extreme reporrt and prevention of cases from languishing in the courts.

Skip to main content. 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. It is here where the system has utterly failed, resulting in the kind of tragedy which struck the JJ Hospital.

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The glycerine was laced with industrial glycol, a chemical which attacks the kidneys and kills quickly. Despite the work of rreport Lentin Commission and several coommission reports of official expert committees, nothing has changed. Jigna on Building public institutions: Lentin, and presumed that the matter would blow over.

He had also assisted the trust in acquiring government-allotted land in Bandra, measuring 1, square metres at a throwaway price of Rs3. Nor have some of the recommendations regarding hospital administration been implemented.

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 ccommission our public health system. Raykar was dismissed on some unrelated charges concerning his leave travel allowance, even though his inquiry officer had only recommended the withholding of increments.