... worth more to them
, do you mean?
And I just refuse to believe that any biomed seriously objects to carrying an on-call mobile phone on "health grounds"! What about the myriad of risks to health encountered everyday just by being in the hospital, and working on the kit? What's more important, being available on-call, or some imagined risk? And don't we manage
risks these days, anyway?
yraG of Margate's point about communications dead zones is valid, but we are, after all, technical people, and radio pagers (etc.) have been about for a long time. Dare I mention Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and all the rest? Such problems can be overcome (as long as the will to do so is there).
Am I being too harsh if I suggest that the real issue could be that some people don't want to provide an on-call service at all? Perhaps some people don't really want to be biomeds either (and yes, I have met a few).
Bottom line is, if you're taking the money, then you do the job. Yes, "Lead, follow, or get out of the way". Biomed is not your typical (ie, mundane) 9-to-5 job, never was and never will be (I hope). Here endeth the lesson.
Get real guys!