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

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. 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.

The Justice Lentin Commission of Enquiry: 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.

Jigna on Building public institutions: They may take some time to appear. EPW looks forward to your comments. It turned out to be a rare exposure and education on how the public health system works in our country and where one needs to look to find irregularities.


An eye-opener – 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.


The commission found that far from regulating and imposing standards on the drug industry, the FDA had wilfully allowed substandard drugs to be sold lentn the market.

This official handled all applications for licences and had the power to refuse or grant them. The commission headed by Justice Bakhtawar Lentin conducted one of the most publicised and thorough hospital investigations in history. Lentin, and presumed that the matter would blow over.

Politicians stepped in to cancel every transfer made on Dolas since and overruled adverse reports made against him ldntin successive FDA commissioners. Although a mandatory precondition for issuing of a drug manufacturing license, the FDA did not insist on its implementation. All is over bar the shouting. Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app.

Editorial – edit epw. Instituted under the Commissions of Inquiry Act, Justice Lentin had the reportt 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. Raykar is now waiting for his petition to be heard by the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Connect with us Contact Us. These deaths may not have come to public notice but for the Maharashtra Times story on it, broken by journalist Jagan Phadnis. It was this talent that enabled officers like S. Get instant access to the complete EPW archives Subscribe now. The same Dr Chandrikapure is now dean of the famous Sassoon Hospital in Pune, after an inquiry conducted by the Department of Medical Cpmmission reportedly decided that depriving him of three increments was enough punishment for his role in the hospital deaths.


Pradeep Chinai on Building public institutions: 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.

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

Small drug manufacturers insisted that they could not afford it. August 21, You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Such measures would enable the medical and pharmaceutical industries to get back to their role of creating health rather than merely selling drugs.

Raykar, an assistant commissioner of the Repodt and Drug.

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.

Do You Like This Story? The high court granted an interim injunction, but later rejected the petition. reoprt