Scotland's papers: Scot's Vietnam 'holiday horror'

The family of a Scottish oil worker who was dumped in the middle of nowhere by a taxi driver in Vietnam has been speaking about his ordeal. The story features on the front page of the Press and Journal's Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire edition.

The Herald leads with a warning from an expert who says a crackdown on prescription painkillers in the wake of rising overdose deaths would be "disastrous" for patients in Scotland who rely on them to control chronic nerve pain.

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has said control over immigration should be devolved to Scotland, reports the Scotsman.

The National's front page headline is "The great oil swindle". The paper is running a series of pieces this week looking at "Westminster's exploitation of Scotland's oil".

"Killer off the leash" is the headline in the Daily Record. The paper says a man who beat a young mum with a dog chain has left jail and plans to marry a highly vulnerable woman.

A Lotto winner is living in a high-rise nine months after scooping £4.3m, says the Scottish Sun.

The Courier says new figures show NHS Tayside could have cleared its projected budget deficit twice over if it eliminated bed-blocking.

Ministers have been urged to tackle a medical "brain drain" that has seen up to 3,000 doctors quit Scotland to work abroad in the past decade, according to the Scottish Daily Express.

The Scottish Daily Mail also leads with that story, saying nearly 3,000 Scottish-trained medics have left for Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Malaysia and the United States.

The Daily Telegraph in Scotland says bed-blocking by hospital patients who are ready to go home cost the Scottish NHS more than £100m over the past year, according to new figures.

The Times says Philip Hammond has been warned by cabinet colleagues that he faces an ambush on the Budget from Tories who want him out.

"Brexit rebellion gathers pace with Labour help" is the headline in the i newspaper which says Tory rebels have welcomed the chance to build consensus in the House of Commons.

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