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: The Trump-Brexit consultation model

Liam Farrell: The Trump-Brexit consultation model

There may be a perfect world out there somewhere, in an alternative universe, where perfect consultations happen. A world where E coli urinary tract infections are sensitive to trimethoprim, where bendrofluazide reduces blood pressure, and where hypnotics are used on a short-term basis only.

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Liam Farrell: A prescription for catastrophe

A prescription is much more than just a little piece of paper; it has many fathers...

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

Joe had just received his weekly antibiotic prescription and I was looking forward...

Liam Farrell: Health promotion is a sacred cow, but is it time well spent?

'I'm here for health promotion, I read about it in the paper. "See your GP", it said,'...

Liam Farrell: Sometimes what you don't say is more important than what you do

Writing isn't just about the words, it's about the spaces between words as well,...

Liam Farrell: A sick note in the style of Donald Trump

'I want a sick note,' said Joe.

Liam Farrell: A tale of two Irish Mammies

In a referendum in Ireland last year, amid much rejoicing, same-sex marriage was...

Liam Farrell: The time of the buffoon has come

Joe is a member of the Dunning Kruger club. The Dunning-Kruger effect is a cognitive...

Liam Farrell: The options may suck, but the NHS can't go on this way

Some day in the future, historians will look back at the NHS and say there was a...

Liam Farrell: Medical education for the masters of the universe

If you use the words natural, organic, herbal or detox, you can flog any old shite...

Liam Farrell: A change of lifestyle? There is an easier way

'If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do...

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