Liam Farrell

Our award-winning GP columnist Dr Liam Farrell delivers pearls of wisdom and surreal comedy in his regular despatches from the darker side of general practice.

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Liam Farrell: When the day of judgment arrives

Liam Farrell: When the day of judgment arrives

When we die, after having CPR and a few complimentary broken ribs, religious folk believe that we present ourselves at the Gates of Heaven, there to be judged on whether we were naughty or nice.

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Liam Farrell: Let's talk about sex

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Liam Farrell: The Trump-Brexit consultation model

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Liam Farrell: The rise of the new healthcare experts

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Liam Farrell: A close encounter of the alien kind

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Liam Farrell: A prescription for catastrophe

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Liam Farrell: Ask away, but you may not like the answer

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