Consultation - Treating yourself and those close to you


As a doctor, you are responsible for ensuring that the treatment you provide meets acceptable clinical, professional and ethical standards for the profession. Treating yourself or someone close to you may affect your ability to meet these standards.

Our draft statement, Treating yourself and those close to you [PDF, 176 KB], outlines that wherever possible, doctors should not treat themselves or those with whom they have a close relationship. It acknowledges that there are exceptional circumstances when doctors may have to treat themselves or people close to them, and outlines ways to maintain best practice in those circumstances.  

We invite your feedback:

Please see for reference our existing June 2022 statement, Providing care to yourself and those close to you [PDF, 128 KB].    

Your input is very important to us. Please respond to the questions in the consultation paper using the online form . Alternatively, you can email your submission to

We look forward to receiving your feedback. The consultation closes on 24 May 2024.