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 new year means a new lifestyle for Joe

Liam Farrell: A new year means a new lifestyle for Joe

As the new year was sinking its ponderous buttocks into the unfortunate armchair of time, Joe again felt ready to take responsibility for his own health.

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Liam Farrell: A Christmas miracle for the Farrell family

Good fellowship and good cheer, the laughter of children, friends and family journeying...

Liam Farrell: My good fortune to have a wonderful mentor

'Ah, the fall of the leaf,' said my senior colleague happily, as we drove slowly...

Liam Farrell: A GP in my pocket - the upside of smartphone consultations

In medicine, as in life, even when nothing is happening, something is happening.

Liam Farrell: The real role of a GP

'I'm an alien,' he said.

Liam Farrell: Lowering your risk of death

Joe has strong views on death; he's against it.

Liam Farrell: The difference between health and healthcare

The first rule of Health Club is don't talk about health. Any discussion quickly...

Liam Farrell: Brexit, borders and black markets

Hope springs eternal; life, on the other hand, sucks. Joe was more jaunty than usual,...

Liam Farrell: A hands-on learning experience

The poster presentations at a conference have always seemed rather sad, like the...

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...

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,...

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Dr Alan McDevitt: New contract can stabilise general practice in Scotland

Dr Alan McDevitt: New contract can stabilise general practice in Scotland

GPs in Scotland have backed major contract reforms that will take effect from April....

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard: Increasing GP numbers and tackling workload are key in 2018
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Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard: Increasing GP numbers and tackling workload are key in 2018

The Christmas tree is coming down, the turkey leftovers are all gone, and the long...

Viewpoint: Fear of being sued is taking its toll on GPs
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Viewpoint: Fear of being sued is taking its toll on GPs

An MPS survey has found that GPs are practising more defensively because of a fear...

Dr Richard Vautrey: Politicians know there's a GP crisis - 2018 must bring the funding to end it
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Dr Richard Vautrey: Politicians know there's a GP crisis - 2018 must bring the funding to end it

Ministers and NHS managers are starting to recognise how deep the GP crisis runs,...

End-of-life care: Providing person-centred care to patients at the end of life

End-of-life care: Providing person-centred care to patients at the end of life

GP Dr Rajiv Mitra explains how a new resource for terminally-ill patients is helping...

Professor Nigel Sparrow: CQC recognises the challenges GPs face

Professor Nigel Sparrow: CQC recognises the challenges GPs face

CQC inspections are helping to drive up standards in primary care, says the watchdog's...

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