"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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