Professor Christopher Davis has published an article entitled Readiness and resilience of the health systems of the UK and Russia during Covid-19 epidemics in 2020-2021: impacts of priorities, shortages and rationing in the journal Post-Communist Economies, Volume 33, 2021, issue 1.
ABSTRACT: The Covid-19 pandemic in 2020-2021 generated almost universal shocks to the interrelated complex systems of politics, society, economy, social care and health. The objectives of this article are to analyse health systems conceptually (section two) and empirically (case studies of the UK and Russia) in order to understand: their interactions with the other four complex systems; their readiness for the Covid-19 epidemics and resilience in coping with its challenges; and the impacts on them of changes in health priorities, shortages, and rationing. Evaluations are made in section three of the readiness of the UK and Russia health systems in January- February 2020 and in section four of their resilience during the First Wave (March-June). Section five assesses developments in readiness in July-August for the Second Wave and then evaluates the resilience of the health systems during September 2020 to February 2021. The concluding section discusses the mass vaccination programmes and continuing challenges in 2021.
Christopher started work on an article about priorities, shortages and rationing (concepts used in his past research) in the UK and Russia health systems two years ago with the intention of covering the period 2000-2019. However, after his planned article had been submitted and accepted in early March 2020, the Covid-19 epidemics commenced. The Editor and Christopher agreed that he should write two articles, one about the causes of the initial conditions in the health systems in early 2020 and the second about the experiences of the health systems in the Covid-19 epidemic period.
You can access the new article here.
His first article was published in September 2020:
Davis, C. (2020, September) Priorities, shortages, and rationing in the UK and Russia national health services during 2000–2019: Initial conditions for responses to Covid-19
Post-Communist Economies, 32(8), 969–1010.
You can access the article here.