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: What 30 years in practice will teach you

Liam Farrell: What 30 years in practice will teach you

La Rochefoucauld, a 17th-century philosopher who thought all behaviour was determined by what he called 'self love', distilled his beliefs into a number of maxims.

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Liam Farrell: Close encounters with an ingrowing toenail

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Liam Farrell: The NHS involves an international array of talents and skills

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Liam Farrell: A quantum leap in doctor-patient communication

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Liam Farrell: Continuity of care is the heart of general practice

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Liam Farrell: Just call me Ishmael

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Liam Farrell: The impossibility of healthcare is universal

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

As the new year was sinking its ponderous buttocks into the unfortunate armchair...

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

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

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Dr Nigel Watson: We need to make general practice a better place to work

Dr Nigel Watson: We need to make general practice a better place to work

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Data sharing between NHS organisations is becoming the norm, says Dr Becks Fisher....

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard: Good GPs have always practised social prescribing

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard: Good GPs have always practised social prescribing

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Professor Mayur Lakhani: Important to recognise role of South Asian doctors as NHS turns 70

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Viewpoint: Why GP partners should not hand back their GMS or PMS contract

Viewpoint: Why GP partners should not hand back their GMS or PMS contract

If a practice hands back its contract, in most cases any new contract will be under...

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