Doctors are the most trusted professionals in Ireland, according to the results of an independent poll conducted for the Irish Medical Council, which polices doctors' conduct.

It found that 88% of adults said they trusted doctors to tell the truth.

The next most trusted professional groups were teachers at 79%, professors at 72% and judges at 71%.

According to the poll of over 1,000 people, 93% of respondents were satisfied with the doctor they attend most, while 85% felt that most doctors were doing their job well.

President of the Medical Council Professor Kieran Murphy said trust has to be earned, rather than accepted blindly.

He said that from next month, all doctors will be legally obliged to keep their knowledge and skills up to date.

A total of 1,008 people took part in the poll, which was conducted by Millward Brown Lansdowne Omnibus during February and March.

Other results from the poll show that 64% of people trust the gardaí while 63% trust TV newsreaders.

Also, 61% of people said they would trust scientists, 50% trusted priests, while 45% trusted civil servants.

TDs are the least trusted group at just 12%, followed by pollsters at 25% and business leaders at 27%.

Journalists received a trust rating of 37%.

Nurses were not included in the list of professionals to be rated.

The survey involved a nationally representative sample of all adults aged 16 years or over, at 64 sample points nationwide.

The Medical Council received 361 complaints against doctors last year, an increase of 61 on the previous year.

Most of the complaints were about professional standards, treatment and communication issues or rudeness.