I was reading an article about a struggling postman where it quotes his solicitor explaining some trouble the postman was having:
Mr Arthur ... told the court: "He was assigned a number of different walks. (delivery rounds). He struggled with those and he didn't complete the work. He didn't place himself under the doctor, he just didn't manage.
The phrase place himself under the doctor doesn't make a lot of sense to me.
Is it suggesting that he could have taken sick leave? Or a doctor could have written a letter on his behalf to explain the difficulties? Is the meaning anything to do with a medical doctor?