The recognition of the importance of research experience is welcomed; committed research supervisors should be identified for each trainee and research planning should start as early as possible in the traineeship. It would be welcome if employing authorities and postgraduate deans were to provide personal support for up to one year and modest research expenses for trainees undertaking research. In the absence of such support, application would need to be made to grant-giving bodies well in advance. Certain posts may need to be earmarked for the training of future clinical scientists. Academic units should regard themselves as challenged, but not necessarily threatened, by the new proposals. With appropriate consultation and involvement, and a modest allocation of funding, the overall result should enhance the quality of both service and academic communities.