"We would only want this to happen for drugs we're confident are safe," Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said of a new "fast track" scheme to allow severely ill people access to drugs not yet on the market
He said people diagnosed with serious illnesses "very often want to volunteer" to take part in clinical trials, adding that he wants the UK to have the world's "biggest bank" of volunteers willing to take part in such trials.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met young people who have battled mental health issues on Saturday.
Former Chancellor Lord Geoffrey Howe was Margaret Thatcher's longest-serving Cabinet minister, also taking on the role of Foreign Secretary.
Lord Geoffrey Howe is known by many for his resignation speech which was seen as the catalyst which destroyed Margaret Thatcher.