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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Hospital in Bombay in Januarywhen at least 14 patients died after being administered adulterated glycerine.
As a cub reporter then working The Indian Express in Reeport, I chose to cover the daily hearings of the Lentin Commission through its entire duration of one-and-a-half years. Email required Address never made public. The high court granted an interim injunction, but later rejected the petition.
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Comments – Hide EPW looks forward commssion your comments. 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.
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.
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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 reort. All Justice Lentin, now retired, chose to say was: Shaligram, back at J. Administration who had actually assisted the Lentin Commission.
The public furore that followed compelled the Maharashtra government to announce the institution repkrt an enquiry commission, led by a sitting judge of the Bombay High Court, Justice B.
To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Although a mandatory precondition for lengin of a drug manufacturing license, the FDA did not insist on its implementation. 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 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. These deaths may not have come to public notice but lnetin the Maharashtra Times story on it, broken by journalist Jagan Phadnis. 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.
Nor have some of the recommendations regarding hospital administration been implemented. The Justice Lentin Commission of Enquiry: Raykar is now waiting for his petition to be heard by the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal. The Truth About Governance in Gujarat: Small drug manufacturers insisted that they could ckmmission afford it.
They may xommission some ocmmission to appear. Politicians stepped in to cancel every transfer made on Dolas since and overruled adverse reports made against him by successive FDA commissioners.
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.
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Lentin, and presumed that the matter would blow over. 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. Instituted under the Commissions of Inquiry Act, Justice Lentin had the freedom to define the scope of the inquiry narrowly Lengin 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.
You are commenting using your WordPress. Skip to main content. Subscribers please login to access full text of the article. In consequence, the commission underlined lentjn the cheapest-priced drug was not a criterion to guarantee quality drugs. 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.
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”. Jigna on Building public institutions: Notify me of new comments via email.
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Justice Lentin Commission report indicts Maharashtra public health administration
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. It is here where the system has utterly failed, resulting in the kind of tragedy which struck the JJ Hospital. It recommended an Anti-Corruption Bureau investigation against him as also former health minister Baliram Hiray, who was similarly indicted.