'Unprecedented', 'shattering', 'shocking': the kind of words that make you sit up and listen. Or in this instance, read.
Last night I was given a copy of a letter signed by 36 leading Welsh health clinicians, or as I'm putting it this morning, just about anyone who is anyone in clinical research in Wales. It's the kind of list that has you reading the text of the letter they've sent to Rhodri Morgan very, very carefully.
They don't pull their punches. They accuse the Welsh Assembly Government of appearing to contradict its own priorites of supporting research and development - not just in the area of health and social care but more generally ('small, clever nation' ring any bells?) by cutting a million pounds from the budget of the body that's responsible for scientific, medical research. Patients will miss out. Higher education institutes will find it even tougher to attract good people and to win competitive grants.
Pound for pound they say, we would be spending £46 million per year in this area if Department of Health levels of funding applied in Wales. Instead we're spending £26 million and even that has been - apparently - cut by a million.
And most damaging of all perhaps is their final point: that "the development of a National Institue for Health Research, a commitment in the One Wales document, will fail to be delivered".
And guess what? It turns out that the man appointed by the Health Minister, Edwina Hart, to lead the way in Wales on health research and development resigned the day after the draft budget appeared.
Why do I say his budget has been 'apparently' cut by a million? Because this draft budget is extraordinarily hard to read. Where it used to be relatively straightforward to work out which bit of the budget was going to be spent where, now there are big pots of money and a plan that Ministers compete for their slice of the millions. So who eventually gets what? Well it's Saturday and we still haven't worked it out. We'd hoped members of the Finance Committee had worked it out by the time they met on Thursday but - well, they seemed pretty non-plussed to me and, I suspect, to the Finance Minister. Andrew Davies may have been rattled once or twice but left the committee room pretty much unscathed.
But the clinicians seem pretty clear about it. The million has gone. Where? Who knows but no-one seems to have told them about it. And anyway let's face it, whether it's found or not by the time the draft budget is finalised, they're not a happy bunch. WAG simply say funding they're behind medical scientific research, funding in this area has altered significantly and ministers are still in discussions to finalise funding arrangements.
The Finance Committee meets again next week and will concentrate on health spending plans. The Health Committee meets on Wednesday. Who's on the list to speak to them? Might they now like to add to it?