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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Jamadagni, also at Sassoon Hospital, and Dr S. The JJ Hospital tragedy took place because the FDA Food and Drug Administration granted an illegal licence to Alpana Pharma, supplier of the killer commissioon glycerol, without ensuring that basic regulations were complied with.

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In consequence, the commission underlined that the cheapest-priced drug was not a criterion to guarantee quality drugs. The Truth About Governance in Gujarat: It is here where the system has utterly failed, resulting in the kind of tragedy which struck the JJ Hospital.

Now share the story Too bad. Shaligram, back at J. And the only official the Government has punished with dismissal is L. 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.

Obviously, the Government didn’t agree. The glycerine was laced with industrial glycol, a chemical which attacks the kidneys and kills quickly.

Justice Lentin Commission report indicts Maharashtra public health administration

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


When questioned, FDA joint commissioner S. The Justice Lentin Commission of Enquiry: Notify me of new comments via email. Worse, former health minister Baliram Hiray, against whom Lentin had passed strong lenitn, was nominated as a member of the state Legislative Council. 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. Some commissin 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.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. 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. You are commenting using your Twitter account. 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.

View the discussion thread. The commission found that far from regulating and imposing standards on the drug industry, the FDA had lebtin allowed substandard drugs to be sold in the market. All Justice Lentin, now retired, chose to say was: Administration who had actually assisted commmission Lentin Commission. 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.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Connect with commisaion Contact Us. 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. Although a mandatory precondition for issuing of a drug manufacturing license, the FDA did not insist on its implementation. August 21, Subscribers please login to access full text of the article.

Comments – Hide EPW looks forward to your comments. 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.


Chandrikapure, who was dean of the government-run J. It recommended scrapping of drug procurement through the rate contract system and reser- vation for backward areas.

Maharashtra government mocks Lentin report by reinstating doctors involved in public hospital deaths scandal Reinstatement mocks Lentin report.

This report, made public in Marchafter much prevarication by the state government, is the first official document of lenin kind reporr a rare and detailed insight into the state of our public health system. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Small drug manufacturers insisted that they could not afford it.

Nor have some of the recommendations regarding hospital administration been implemented. A comment, if suitable, may be selected for publication in the Letters pages of EPW. New 3 Month Subscription to Digital Archives at. Lentin stated that Hiray had tried to cojmission “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”.

Such measures would enable the medical and pharmaceutical industries to get back to their role of creating health rather than merely selling drugs. 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 commission action against errant manufacturers which includes FDA confiscation of machinery and property in extreme cases and prevention of cases from languishing in the courts.

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. He had also assisted the trust in acquiring government-allotted land in Bandra, measuring 1, square metres at a throwaway price of Rs3.