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: A different approach to an advance care plan

Liam Farrell: A different approach to an advance care plan

Joe looked unusually pensive, which cheered me up a bit and added some sparkle to the morning.

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Liam Farrell: The day I met my very own Guardian Angel

My sister was admitted to Moorfields Eye Hospital in London a few weeks ago, receiving...

Liam Farrell: Fighting the war against unreason and wasted resources

'Dr X is no good,' said Joe. I perked up at this, a sudden sprinkle of fairy dust...

Liam Farrell: A painful learning experience

Beauty may be only skin deep, but that's deep enough for me. I'm superficial myself,...

Liam Farrell: Looking back on the highs and lows of my time in general practice

On the day I retired from practice I remember standing at the door looking back at...

Liam Farrell: When the day of judgment arrives

When we die, after having CPR and a few complimentary broken ribs, religious folk...

Liam Farrell: GPs are the great constipators of healthcare

The BBC headline was stark and as usual, without context: 'Early warning signs may...

Liam Farrell: Trying to do too much will prevent us doing anything at all

There's not enough hours in the day to do everything - even research says so, writes...

Liam Farrell: It's time for doctors to engage in politics

You probably didn't notice, but we've just had yet another election in Northern Ireland....

Liam Farrell: Let's talk about sex

Have we GPs not enough to do? Why are we always the default option?

Liam Farrell: Keeping things confidential

'Three men may keep a secret,' said Benjamin Franklin (while turning over in his...

Liam Farrell: A doctor is a man's best friend

To paraphrase W. Somerset Maugham's advice on writing novels, there are three ways...

Liam Farrell: Christmas will be great again

It would have been easier to ignore blood in my urine.

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A short history of the Bolam test - a keystone of medical negligence law for 60 years

A short history of the Bolam test - a keystone of medical negligence law for 60 years

Hull GP Dr Thomas Abraham looks back at the 60-year history of the Bolam test, which...

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard: Soaring indemnity costs must be addressed

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard: Soaring indemnity costs must be addressed

Indemnity costs are getting in the way of GPs doing their jobs and the system needs...

'I limit my clinical sessions because of the cost of indemnity'

'I limit my clinical sessions because of the cost of indemnity'

As part of its Save General Practice Campaign the MDU is highlighting how the spiralling...

Dr Charlotte Jones: Indemnity crisis has pushed GPs to brink of collapse

Dr Charlotte Jones: Indemnity crisis has pushed GPs to brink of collapse

Indemnity costs are now a key factor dictating where and how GPs work, says Dr Charlotte...

How GPs can offer cancer patients the support they need
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How GPs can offer cancer patients the support they need

Most GPs see only a handful of patients with cancer every year, says Macmillan GP...

Dr Jackie Applebee: Why GPs should not fear voting to close patient lists

Dr Jackie Applebee: Why GPs should not fear voting to close patient lists

As the GPC ballot on practices' willingness to take part in collective closure of...

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