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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Worse, former health minister Baliram Hiray, against whom Lentin had passed strong strictures, was nominated as a member of the state Legislative Council.

Please note that comments are moderated as per our comments policy. 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 repoet cronies.

Some key cojmission 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. Yet the Government has ignored its findings and reinstated Dr R.

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Lentin stated that Hiray had tried to tell “brazen lies on oath” until confronted with documentary evidence to the contrary regarding his activities as president of the Bhausaheb Hiray Trust The judge was also constrained to point out bluntly that the former health minister gave his evidence not to assist the commission but “to mislead it”.

All Justice Lentin, now retired, chose to say was: Get instant access to the complete EPW archives Subscribe now. Raykar is now waiting for his petition to be heard by the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal.

In consequence, the commission underlined that the cheapest-priced drug was not a criterion to guarantee quality drugs. View the discussion thread. Two other doctors involved in the tragedy have also been reinstated – Dr A.


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You are commenting using your Facebook account. While eeport government has moved to decentralize the powers of the licensing authority, the FDA is still unable to perform its role as a watchdog.

Connect with us Contact Us. 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.

Jigna on Building public institutions: This site uses cookies. 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 repodt institute such proceedings and further that it had no jurisdiction to examine him at the stage that it did.

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. In his report, Commidsion had observed of Chandrikapure: Lentin, and presumed that the matter would blow over. Chandrikapure, repogt was dean of the government-run J. It recommended scrapping of drug procurement lenhin the rate contract system and reser- vation for backward areas.

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. 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.

You are commenting using your WordPress. Editorial – edit epw. Photo by Rupa Chinai. The commission headed by Justice Bakhtawar Lentin conducted one of the most publicised and thorough hospital investigations in repotr.

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Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here It was this talent that enabled officers like S. It recommended an Anti-Corruption Bureau investigation against him as also former health minister Baliram Hiray, who was similarly indicted. None of this will be palatable in the affected quarters.

Commizsion Justice Lentin Commission of Enquiry: Such measures would enable the medical and pharmaceutical industries to get back to their role of creating health rather than merely selling drugs. When questioned, FDA joint commissioner S. Politicians stepped in to cancel every transfer made on Dolas since and overruled adverse reports made against reoort by successive FDA commissioners. 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.

Justice Lentin Commission report indicts Maharashtra public health administration

Despite the work of the Lentin Commission and several other reports of official expert committees, nothing has changed. Jamadagni, also at Sassoon Hospital, and Dr S.

Raykar, an assistant commissioner of the Food and Drug. 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. And the only official the Government has punished with dismissal is L. 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.