Above photo: A Cleveland EMS ambulance via the city’s Twitter page.
CLEVELAND – The number of EMS calls coming from jail inmates is straining the system, according to a report.
FOX 8 reports Cleveland EMS already struggles to handle the volume of 911 calls from citizens. Add on top of that the number of inmates who are taken to the hospital, which has tripled.
The Cuyahoga County Council Public Safety Committee reportedly says it does not know why the number of inmates leaving for emergencies has skyrocketed.
Cuyahoga County Sheriff David Schilling tells the station the numbers spike when there is no jail doctor working.
“That’s when we have more calls for inmates taken to the hospital during the weekends and during the nighttime hours,” he said.
Taxpayers are on the hook for inmates’ medical bills and the costs to have deputies stand guard at the hospital.
“We’ve got to get to the bottom of this,” said Public Safety Committee Chairman Michael Gallagher. “It looks like we’re losing a lot of money. And it’s gotta make sense.”