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Nurses and doctors top list of ‘important’ jobs

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Nurses have been ranked as having the second most important job, after doctors, out of a list of professions in a poll compiled for the care provider HC-One.

It suggests that nursing’s reputation has withstood the recent negative headlines associated with convicted criminals Victorino Chua and Andrew Hutchinson, and systematic care failings like those at Winterbourne View and Stafford Hospital.

“Without the hard work and dedication of our nursing team, HC-One would not be where we are today”

Chai Patel

However, the fact that nurses came second to doctors, may indicate that traditional views persist among the public regarding the roles of nursing and medicine.

Either way, the two healthcare professions were ranked higher than other public sector and emergency services, though carers and dentists fared less well.

The research was commissioned by HC-One, the country’s third largest care home operator, and carried out by pollsters YouGov.

In the survey of 1,507 adults in the UK, people were asked to rank a list of 10 jobs in order of importance.

Nurses polled in second place, followed by police officers, fire fighters and teachers.

Carers were ranked as more important than lawyers, bankers and politicians, who were placed at the bottom of most people’s list.

Jobs were ranked in the following order, according to which ranking position was the highest/most popular for each job:

  1. Doctor
  2. Nurse
  3. Police Officer
  4. Firefighter
  5. Teacher
  6. Carer
  7. Dentist
  8. Lawyer
  9. Politician
  10. Banker

Dr Chai Patel, chair of HC-One, said: “The nursing care provided at all of the homes is vital to residents and to HC-One.

He added: “It is a cornerstone of what HC-One stands for, and without the hard work and dedication of our nursing team, HC-One would not be where we are today – providing truly kind and quality care.”

The online survey was undertaken by YouGov from 1-2 July.

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  • yeah right, so important yet treated with contempt

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  • Just a suggestion - HTC can we have some discounts pretty please xx

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  • It's always nice to get some positive remarks. It seems that HC-Once made the list too long in my view. The last three are as we all know over-paid and looked after by each other. But hey what can the nice people do about it.......

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  • The male doctor is standing in front of other staff! Why not reinforce stereotypes?

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  • But not important enough for a decent pay rise!

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  • Ellen Watters

    I should think so too.. But where are the Paramedics.. They should be high up on the list, way above bankers, lawyers and politicians

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  • Ellen Watters

    I should think so too.. But where are the Paramedics.. They should be high up on the list, way above bankers, lawyers and politicians

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  • what about physios ,OTs radiographers etc etc, nice to know that hospitals only need doctors and nurses!

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