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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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.

Kept deliberately repot and secretive, its rules left to individual caprice, it facilitated racketeering and money making right down the line, at huge public cost.

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Notify me of new comments via email. None of this will be palatable in the affected quarters. Skip to main content. 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. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Raykar was dismissed on some pentin charges concerning his leave travel allowance, even though his inquiry officer had only recommended the withholding of increments. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: You are commenting using your WordPress. Although a mandatory precondition for issuing of a drug manufacturing license, the FDA did not insist on repory implementation. 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. Get instant access to the complete EPW archives Subscribe now.

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Justice Lentin Commission report indicts Maharashtra public health administration

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. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: 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.

Administration who had actually assisted the Lentin Commission. This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Jigna on Building public institutions: It recommended scrapping of drug procurement through the rate contract system and reser- vation for backward areas.

This official handled all applications for licences and had the power to refuse or grant them. Instituted under the Commissions geport Inquiry Act, Justice Lenin 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 vommission findings.


Raykar is now waiting for his petition to be heard by the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal. View the discussion thread. 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.

The Justice Lentin Commission of Enquiry: The licensing of the then Rs2, 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. Hospital in Bombay in Januarywhen at least 14 patients died after being administered adulterated glycerine. It was this talent that enabled officers like S. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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. To begin with in the short reportt, 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 cases and prevention of cases from languishing in the courts.