Many doctors do not seek the help they need due to fear and stigma surrounding mandatory reporting. In reality, there are very few circumstances where the treating practitioner is obligated to report.
Firstly, it must be ‘notifiable conduct’ which is defined as:
Secondly, the person notifying needs to have ‘reasonable belief’. This should be based on known events rather than anecdotal accounts. Work-place gossip, hearsay or speculation are not sufficient to justify reasonable belief.
Unless any of the above applies:
it will NOT lead to an automatic reporting or impact your training
Taking these points into consideration, if a doctor is seeking professional help from another doctor for a condition, and actively participating in treatment, they should do so without fear of reprimand.
If a notification is made, it will be subject to review. Being struck off from practicing, is not necessarily the outcome. Efforts will be made to ensure the safety of the person in question, and the public, and that the person is receiving the help they need.