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GPs as popular as chocolate Hob Nobs shocker

There are few things more delicious than a chocolate Hob Nob - a fact I am prepared to keep repeating until McVitie’s notice this shameless product placement and agree to supply them free to all GPs, or failing that, just me.

There are few things more delicious than a chocolate Hob Nob - a fact I am prepared to keep repeating until McVitie's notice this shameless product placement and agree to supply them free to all GPs, or failing that, just me.

But this irony comes close. In the same week that I read that GPs can't be trusted to offer choice and so will be clubbed like baby seals if we fail to do so and that I saw that we will have to prove quality or they'll stop our pocket-money; and that I couldn't help noticing that we're all still potential mass murderers I also read this.

Yes, joy of joy, despite repeated reports which would make you think that the average GP is less respectable than the Anti-Christ, we find that – for something like the 25th year running – we are, in the public's view, the most trustworthy profession.

An astounding 92% of Joe Public reckon we're likely to tell the truth – no, honestly. If it weren't for those docs whose eyebrows meet in the middle (no fear of litigation there, orthopaedic surgeons can't read) we'd be approaching 100%.

Obviously, I couldn't help glancing down towards the relegation zone of this particular table. And what did I find there but politicians, scoring a pathetic and revealing 21%, only just beating the perennial holders of the Honesty League wooden spoon – yes, journalists, who registered a measly 19%.

So, let me see…split doctor bashing stories into their main components and you're left with…politicians and journalists. Even if you combine their scores, in the public's eyes they're still less than half as trustworthy as the profession they constantly berate.

Take that Alan Johnson, Daily Mail, Dame Janet Smith and all the rest of you.

And GPs of the UK: your public salutes you. Put your feet up, and have a coffee and a biscuit. Did I mention that the chocolate Hob Nobs are rather good?

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