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No miracles in the NHS

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 12 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:802
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner, Crossmaglen, County Armagh
  1. William.Farrell{at}

    “It's Our Lord,” said my receptionist, “and before you ask, He has ID, a gold credit card.”

    “Hang on,” He said as He entered the surgery, “I'd asked for a doctor that believes in Me.”

    “Nothing personal, Lord,” I said, “but to rational people you're slightly less believable than Santa Claus or homoeopathy, all that Samson and Goliath stuff.”

    “Hey,” He said, “Samson was a decent hardworking man; runs a barber shop now—or was it then? Omnipresence can be confusing.”

    “I'm feeling a bit depressed,” He continued, idly bringing my …

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