Analysis of 2 million insurance claims found that surgeons and GPs are more likely to cause an accident than other professionals.

Moneysupermarket.com conducted the research that uncovered a worrying concentration of problem driving by healthcare workers.

The analysis concluded that surgeons and GPs were almost 100 times more likely to cause an accident than a building society clerk. In figures, this is seen in the 360 of the 1,000 surgeons who drive a car that made an at-fault claim in the last five years. These numbers are staggering when compared with the 3.5 building society clerks.

The healthcare profession dominated the top 10 at-fault claims made, with community nurses, health visitors and hospital consultants featuring alongside GPs.

Kevin Pratt, car insurance expert at Moneysupermarket.com, acknowledged: “One industry dominates the top 10 claims table – it seems those who have the responsibility of saving our lives and caring for our health are the most accident-prone drivers.

“There is no doubt that surgeons, GPs and health visitors are all stressful jobs, so lack of time or tiredness could mean that these drivers are more likely to make an at-fault claim.”

Those deemed by the analysis to be the safest drivers are office clerks. After building society clerks, order clerks and audit clerks, wages clerks and typists also feature among the professional occupations least likely to make a claim.

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