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#GPnews: Jeremy Hunt ‘changes mind’ on Brexit

17:15 Here’s an interesting interview that seemed to go under the radar. Speaking to LBC presenter Iain Dale, health secretary Jeremy Hunt says that he has changed his mind on Brexit, and now thinks it is a good idea. He blames the ‘arrogance’ of the EU Commission since the referendum vote.

He was a leading member of the Remain campaign before the referendum, along with the Prime Minister, the chancellor and foreign secretary of the time.

16:50 Pulse Live is happening in Liverpool today. It started off with a debate on whether the low-carb diet can help prevent diabetes.

Some fascinating facts…

14:10 The headline announcement in health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference today was that the Government was going toprioritise NHS workers when it comes to purchasing affordable homes built on NHS land.

But he also mentioned the Government’s efforts to create a ’parity of esteem’ between mental health and physical health services, admitting it has been ‘patchy’ – as Pulse has already revealed.

He said: ‘We also introduced transparency in areas like mental health, our major priority under Theresa May’s leadership. We are leading probably the biggest expansion of mental health in Europe right now. But progress across the country has been patchy – so we are using transparency to make sure that wherever you live mental health conditions are always treated as seriously as physical health conditions. So by shining a light on problems, transparency saves lives.’

9:35 Researchers at the University of Oxford are looking for 500 patients to test out a ’universal’ vaccine against seasonal flu.

The new jab targets part of the virus that does not change each year, meaning the vaccine should work against human, bird and swine flu, the BBC reports.

It is the world’s first widespread human testing of such a vaccine, according to the National Institute for Health Research, which is supporting the project.

Prof Gilbert, co-founder of Vaccitech, a spin-out company from University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute that is part-funding the work, told the BBC: ’We expect that the protection from the new vaccine will last longer than a year, but we will need to test that with more clinical trials in the future.

’It is possible that, in future, vaccinations against flu might be given at longer intervals – maybe every five years instead of every year. But first we have to test protection in the first flu season following vaccination.’