Scotland's papers: NHS cancel 20 operations a day

Many of Scotland's front pages are devoted to Scotland's NHS after a report by the Nuffield Trust was published along with figures on cancelled operations.

The Herald says that the report warns Scotland's "polarised political climate" on independence is standing in the way of the controversial decisions and reforms needed to ensure the health service remains sustainable.

The Nuffield Trust report, which reviewed the financial plans of health care in Scotland, found that health boards needed to cut spending by an average of 4.3% to break even, with some boards needing to cut back by as much as 8%, according to The Times Scotland.

The virtues of Scotland's NHS risk being undermined by spending cuts deeper than those planned in England and SNP ministers "shying away" from reform amid a "toxic" political debate over the constitution, is how The Telegraph reports the story.

Meanwhile, The Scotsman says figures show an average of 19 operations are being cancelled each day in Scotland's hospitals because of a lack of staff or space. The paper writes that bed-blocking is also adding to the pressure, with more than 1,000 patients stuck in hospitals when they were ready to go home.

Some of Scotland's busiest hospitals and maternity units are among NHS buildings in a critical condition, claims the Scottish Daily Express, which also writes that nearly 20 patients a day are having their operations cancelled.

Under the headline Condemned, the Daily Record says that crumbling buildings across NHS Scotland pose a significant safety risk to patients, while flammable horse hair was identified as an insulator in one building.

In other news, the family of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi have lodged a fresh legal appeal against his conviction five years after his death, insisting they are "100% certain" he was innocent.

The Scottish Daily Mail leads with the tragic story of terminally ill Charlie Gard and says the "world is reaching out to Charlie" after US President Donald Trump vowed to help the 11-month-old boy, while the Pope's hospital in Rome has reportedly said it will take care of him.

"Raging rockers" Green Day have hit out at the decision to axe their Scots gig due to bad weather, writes The Scottish Sun, which quotes the band as saying: "We don't care if it's raining f*****g sideways."

The Daily Star continues its preoccupation with ITV2's Love Island and says on its front page that "lothario" Jonny Mitchell has been hiding a secret - he is a jet-setting "millionaire" playboy.

The "plague" of nuisance phone calls can no longer be tolerated, the deputy leader of Angus Council has told The Courier. He spoke out after apparently being "bombarded" by "horror stories" from residents on the issue.

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