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Views & Reviews The Best Medicine

House call

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 19 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6069
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner, Crossmaglen, County Armagh
  1. drfarrell{at}

Sitting up in the tree gave me time to reflect, to think about how unfair it was for George Osborne to be booed by 80 000 people at the Paralympic games. I understood his difficulty: the sick will always be with us, and there are more of them every day, and no matter how much money we pour in we will always come up short of expectations.

And the sick are not only inconvenient but inconsiderate.

“Don’t mind the dog,” I’d been told …

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