Press release

Over 50s 84% more likely to trust their GP than a Government Minister

Tuesday 1 October 2013

Responding to today's announcement that could see increased access to an individual’s own GP surgery at evening and weekends, Tim Pethick, Strategy Director for Saga said "Our research has revealed that 71% of over 50s would like to see their GP have more responsibility for all of their health and social care needs.

"This age group place more trust in their GP than they do in any other profession, therefore the principle around today's announcement to extend opening hours at GP surgeries is likely to be warmly received.

"In fact, over 50s are almost twice as likely to trust their GP than they would their Bank Manager or Chief Constable, and are 84% more likely to trust their GP than they would a Government Minister.   So whilst this announcement might be a vote winner for this influential group, over 50s may be less likely to trust MPs to provide the right framework and funding to ensure that GPs are in a position to provide such a comprehensive out-of-hours service."


Saga populus interviewed 10,045 Saga customers aged over 50 between 20th and 26th September 2013. Populus is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules