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Doctors still most trusted profession

Doctors have been named the most trusted profession for the 25th year running, a new poll shows.

An Ipsos MORI survey commissioned by the Royal College of Physicians found 92% of the British public say they would trust a doctor to tell them the truth.

More than 2,000 people were asked whether they generally trusted 16 different professions, and more than 9 in ten trust doctors more than teachers (87%), professor (79%), judges (78%) and members of the clergy (74%).

Professor Ian Gilmore, president of the Royal College of Physicians, said: ‘While this remains reassuring for the medical profession, there is no room for complacency. The trust of patients in the modern world has to be earned and retained, and we can do this only by carefully reviewing the changing needs of patients in all aspects of their care.'

10% more people now say they trust a doctor than when the poll was first commissioned in 1983.

Sir Robert Worcester, founder of Ipsos MORI, said: ‘It is a media myth that people are losing trust generally, and specifically that they are losing trust in doctors.'

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