Only 9 per cent of GPs had been given regular, clear and concise guidance about swine flu, a poll has found.

Forty-four per cent of respondents to a poll by the doctors.net.uk website said they felt they were being deluged with information, much of which was unclear.

Sixteen per cent of GPs felt they had received contradictory advice from their primary care trust and other organisations.

Doctors.net.uk medical director Tim Ringrose said: “Doctors have been battling to make sense of the stream of information from different sources.

“They are now looking for clear, concise information to help them get prepared and to enable them to answer questions from the public.”

Chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson will answer questions from doctors about swine flu in a podcast, to be available on doctors.net.uk on Friday.

Dr Ringrose said: “The CMO’s decision to answer their questions directly through this online professional network is being welcomed by doctors across the country.”