Quote from canoehead
We never tell callers what doc is working, for just that reason. If you have an emergency you take the doc you get.
That is standard practice in our area also. For a while, I worked nights in a small rural hospital. This area is also high in drugs, ect. Apparently, the night clerk was "the clue" as to who was the ER doc that shift. After she got caught, she was fired, but then was caught cruising the parking lot to see which ER doc's car was in the lot. We live in north Louisiana and we have a lot of the "good old boy justice", if you know what I mean, and nothing was ever done about it. Most of the patients used the ER (which was only 3 beds anyway!) as their PCP, for colds, that type of thing, and could get most of the ER docs to prescribe narcotics out the wazoo. It was as long as they paid their bills, their wish was the doc's command.
Needless to say, I didn't stay there long. It was an hour drive one way and I was in the middle of a nasty divorce, and I packed my things and headed back "home". Thankfully, the larger hospital where the staff followed the rules, the the "we don't tell you who's on", ect.
I was SO glad to get back to civilation and to my parents. The only person I knew in the rural town was my now ex husband. I actually was written up by one of the other night nurses for not giving out the small town ER docs name.