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Funding pressures force Primary Care Cardiovascular Society to close

Fears over future funding have prompted the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society to close after 15 years.

At a recent meeting members voted unanimously to ´approve the proposed voluntary winding up of the PCCS, its dissolution and removal from the central register of charities'. 

In a statement, the society said its future could not be guaranteed because of pressure on pharmaceutical industry funding due to the recession and patent expiries.

´The PCCS has been well managed and all financial matters are in order with a small surplus of funds. Once the winding up procedure is completed, the remaining balance will be gifted to a likeminded national cardiovascular charity,´ the statement said.

Founded in 1997, the society has provided a GP perspective on cardiovascular disease management to policy makers and expert bodies calling for long term strategies for a national improvement in cardiovascular disease prevention and management.

Chief executive and founder member Dr Fran Sivers said: ‘This is a very sad time for all who have been involved with the society and the closure of the PCCS will leave a major gap in primary care cardiology.'