Friday, 16 November 2012
Loss of specialist capabilities needed to support the nuclear propulsion programme
Guardian reports - HMS Astute: quality control the key to restoring hunter-killer sub's reputation. Union fears MoD has lost too many specialists amid acute sensitivity over £10bn programme
"This is what has alarmed union leaders, such as Prospect's Steve Jary, who fears the MoD has lost so many civilian specialists that it no longer has the ability to keep a proper eye on QA issues"
"The MoD is no longer able to supervise the construction of submarines effectively."
Regularly readers of this blog will recall a recent post about the loss of specialist capabilities needed to support the nuclear propulsion programme. The MOD was asked through a FOI request to provide information about loss of specialist capabilities needed to support the nuclear propulsion programme and to explore what the Union Prospect was doing to resolve the issue.
So far the MOD have failed to provide the information requested
Update on FOI request 23 November
What is becoming clear is the MOD may now reliant on contractors and granting concessions so that less skilled and experienced personnel can be placed in SQEP posts within the MOD's nuclear progarmmes. It is likely that this situation contributed at least in part to the problems reported in the Guardian Newspaper.
The 2010-11 DNESB and earlier reports clearly demonstrate how the MOD has failed to allocated sufficient resources to nuclear safety in particular the lack of progress on recruiting and retaining suitably experienced and qualified staff.
The 2010-11 DNESB report clearly shows that MOD Ministers continue to ignore MODs internal nuclear Regulator and demonstrates the need for full civil regulation by the Office for Nuclear Regulation
Other posts on this blog about previous DNESB reports have highlighted lack of staff and resources as a significant risk to the safety of MOD's nuclear programmes. If the Guardian newspaper reports are correct the consequences of this are now all too clear .