Who can ‘Test. Test. Test.’? Boundary work around the scaling up of diagnostic testing in spain and the uk during the covid-19 pandemic
David Barberá-Tomás - INGENIO (CSIC-UPV)
At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, countries were encouraged by the World Health Organization to “Test. Test. Test.” This paper compares how healthcare systems in Spain and the UK, simultaneously facing a crisis of similar magnitude, developed diagnostic testing systems that greatly differed in their organizational boundaries. The paper shows how boundary work in each country, influenced by pre-existing institutional logics and established power structures, defined who could provide diagnostic testing during the crisis response - and very importantly - who was excluded.
Marta Guadalupe Rivera Ferre - INGENIO [CSIC-UPV]
Marta Maicas - INGENIO [CSIC-UPV]
Dima Yankova - INGENIO (CSIC-UPV)