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The MOD / AWE CSMB Annual Progress Statement to Council 2017

This report from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) CSMB to the Compensation Scheme Council provides a brief description of MOD and AWE’s involvement within the Scheme. This includes the key issues considered by the CSMB during FY 2016-2017 and an update on the number of cases being dealt with under the Scheme.

Organisation

Union Participation - The majority of claimants who are union members are members of Prospect, Unite or GMB.

MOD Operating sites - The MOD operates a number of MOD nuclear sites and submarines. The MOD also provides medical services (including medical X-ray), carries out a wide range of industrial radiography, operates RADAR equipment and uses radioactive materials to support operational requirements. MOD employees may also be exposed to environmental radiation sources in the course of their employment.

AWE provides the nuclear weapon deterrent and national nuclear security activities on behalf of MOD.

History within the scheme and working arrangements

The MOD/AWE CSMB has now been operating for twenty two years. It met once between the 1 January 2016 and 1 April 2017 and sent employer representatives to the technical working party meeting held during this period.

Case Work

Since the formation of the board, there has been a total of 463 MOD/AWE cases received which have been eligible for detailed consideration by the Scheme. Twenty of these have qualified for compensation payments and have been settled, two are ongoing.

This board has received 13 new cases this financial year. No successful cases have been settled this year.

Active management of data requests for information required to support claims by both Dstl and the Institute of Naval medicine has resulted in a marked improvement in the key performance indicators on timescales for dealing with case work for MOD claims. However, complex issues and reliance on supply of information from external data providers delay approximately 10% of cases supported by DSTL/INM.

AWE has had no significant delays in collating data for external and internal dosimetry reports although there have been issues with the timeliness of obtaining Certificates of Diagnosis. AWE continue to meet with their unions on a six monthly schedule.

Contribution to Scheme

Discussions at the Scheme Technical Working Party have clarified the requirements for the history paper which is maintained as part of Scheme membership. Over this reporting period, an update of the detailed history paper recording information needed to support the fair assessment of claims has been completed. It now includes areas of work researched to support individual cases since the last update, a section looking at the history of the regulatory regime, MOD union data and a table of “lead cases” for various work environments. The paper is now a “living” document used to support MOD case work. It also allows other Scheme TWP and Council members’ visibility of much of the general data used to support MOD cases.

To support the MODs membership of the Scheme and management of other radiation related personal injury claims, a Lord Chancellors Instrument has been obtained allowing Dstl to retain documents providing the evidence to support the fair evaluation of claims without breaching the Public Records act.

The AWE history paper is undergoing review with the intent to include greater detail of its past activities whilst keeping the information within the Official classification.

AWE has completed its review, revision and up-issue of their procedures for processing cases.

 

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