A DOCTOR-LED healthcare firm which was stripped of its contract to provide out-of-hours care in Haringey has gone bust.

Camidoc ran into financial difficulties earlier this year and lost its contract to provide the service across Haringey, Islington, Hackney and Camden, being replaced by private firm Harmoni.

Camidoc, which was set up specifically to deliver the service by doctors on a not-for-profit basis, relied on the funding and has now been declared insolvent by Companies House.

Harold Sorsky and Stella Davis have been appointed as joint liquidators, to deal with reported debts of £1.5 million owed by the company.

Following the news, NHS Haringey is proposing to continue with Harmoni as its out-of-hours provide in the future, as part of a raft of money saving measures.

The health trust is trying to cut its projected overspend from £33m to £25m in the next three months, and is also proposing to ditch the GP-led health centre policies at The Laurels, in Harringay, and at Hornsey Neighbourhood Health Centre.

The centres reverted to normal GP surgeries rather than polyclinic-style centres in the wake of the Camidoc contract collapse and NHS Haringey is consulting on making that decision permanent.

Dilo Lalande, head of partnerships and stakeholders at the health trust told the Haringey Independent in November that regular service, including 8am-8pm walk-in option, should be returned in November. However, that no longer appears to be on the cards.

Other moves being considered include cutting funds for health charities, reducing the amount spent on public health funding and weighing five-year-old children as part of an anti-obesity drive.

NHS Haringey, in a report to Haringey Council, admits some of the cuts would affect patients, but it stresses no final decisions have been made and equality impact assessments will be carried out in all cases.