By: Jack LattaStaff Writer
July 19, 2012
PRESTONSBURG — An embattled Eastern Kentucky ambulance company may be facing suspension as the time limit to meet state requirements nears.
Officials with the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) say that a three-member panel was convened July 5 to hear the case of Questcare Ambulance Services and make recommendations after several violations were found, including a lack of air conditioning in more than a dozen of its ambulances.
On Thursday, Kristi Middleton, public information officer, said Questcare hads until August 2 to make the recommended changes.
“They have to demonstrate that their service meets all the requirements by August 2,” Middleton said.
According to Middleton, all but six of the 21 ambulances listed on Questcares license have been, and remain, parked due to maintenance issues.
Middleton could not confirm reports that an inspection of Questcare’s entire fleet would be conducted next week. Officials with Questcare declined to comment for this story.
KBEMS officials say a preliminary hearing was held in early June after several complaints were made about the company’s ambulances.
Questcare serves Floyd, Pike and Johnson counties.