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Doctors are the most trusted profession in Ireland

A survey done on behalf of the Medical Council reveals, perhaps not surprisingly, that doctors are the most trusted profession but TDs and pollsters come bottom of the pile.

Leo Varadkar a doctor and a TD who is both the most trusted and least trusted according to a new poll.
Leo Varadkar a doctor and a TD who is both the most trusted and least trusted according to a new poll.
Image: Julien Behal/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A SURVEY HAS found that doctors in Ireland are the most trusted to tell the truth.

The survey carried out by Millward Brown on behalf of the Medical Council, which regulates the Irish medical profession, found that 88 per cent of those surveyed trusted doctors to tell the truth.

This contrasts with 74 per cent who believe that TDs would not tell the truth.

The survey of 1,008 people between 9 February and 3 March this year found that half the country trusts clergymen and priests. Above them are scientists, television newsreaders, gardaí, judges, professors, teachers and of course doctors.

Civil servants are trusted by 45 per cent of people to tell the truth while the ordinary man or woman on the street is trusted by 41 per cent of people.

Of those surveyed, 37 per cent trusted journalists to tell the truth followed by business leaders, pollsters, and TDs who ranked the lowest. Just 12 per cent of those surveyed trusted TDs to tell the truth.

The survey also found that 85 per cent of people believe their doctors are doing their job ‘very well’ or ‘fairly well’.

A massive 93 per cent reported to be find the service of the doctor they visit regularly to be ‘very satisfactory’ or ‘satisfactory’.

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