Out of hospital services run by the independent company Clinicenta have been suspended by NHS London following concerns over the company’s performance.

The strategic health authority is now conducting an investigation into the services provided by Clinicenta in 20 north London boroughs.

A spokesperson for NHS London said the decision to suspend the services was made following “a number of performance issues and incidents prior to the death of a patient”.

“Our first priority is patient safety and this decision has been taken as a precautionary measure while NHS London conducts a full investigation into the concerns that have been raised,” he said.

All patients currently being treated by Clinicenta are having their care transferred back to an NHS provider, and no new referrals for treatment are being accepted.