I guess you can relate to doctors in one aspect that they are human beings just like you and also get exhausted,tired,unwell,emotionally disturbed,have to take care of their household.Let me tell you my schedule and then you can may be understand why a doctor calls you to an emergency rather than attend all the emergency oneself.
My OPD at Hospital starts at 10 am and ends at 2pm i.e, 4 hours.In these 4 hours I have to see an average of 20 patients.And this involves a lot of talking and answering......and it isn't blabbering .It involves application of mind to understand your problem and find solutions for it. My one mistake can be quite crucial for you.Now this 2 pm is never 2 pm and gets extended to 3 pm or 3.30 pm.So that is when I am free to take my lunch.Now starts my OPD at my clinic from 5 to 8 pm where I see about 10 patients on an avg.Again a lot of talking.At anyone point of time there are on an average 3 patients in labour........which means calls at regular intervals from hospital regarding their management including in night time.Which also means that if Ladies deliver in night I will be in the hospital with each one of them.And being a gynaecologist I have elective surgery list for fibroids,endometriosis and other common Gynaecological problem.This is no exaggeration.
So now tell me if the doctor attends and calls all the emergencies at home too, were there is no health care support available,do you think your doctor will be safe enough to take your or your child's care?
Everyday I get call from my call centre to inform me that there are patients who haven't got my appointment for that day and they would like to come in as walk in.Do you think after talking constantly for so many hours I would be able to do any justice to you if you walk in?Even I say if it is an emergency please walk in to the emergency and if it can wait then please take appointment on the next available day.I am working for you and not against you.
Now when you come in emergency of any hospital there is a system in place.The in house junior consultant who works in shift examines you and informs the concerned consultant.Your treatment and investigations are started on an emergency basis and based on the severity of emergency your consultant prioritises that how soon should she/he be present with you.If in case there are two emergencies who should be taken care first and who should get second priority.And believe me that is also the safe option for you.
I hope I have been able to give you a sneak preview of a doctors life and you can understand now that why doctor calls you to an emergency in case of an emergency!!
And before anyone just doubts if it is me writing such a long post.......yes it is me.Today I don't have a single patient in labour and not that I mind :-)