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: One long last look, and farewell

Liam Farrell: One long last look, and farewell

After 17 years writing for GP magazine and GPonline, this is Liam's last column. He reflects on his time charting the highs and lows of life as a GP.

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

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