Scotland's papers: Lottery winner tributes and hospital 'failings'Published28 December 2019SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightDaily Recordimage captionThe Daily Record leads with one of Europe's biggest lottery jackpot winners Colin Weir dying after a short illness aged 71. Mr Weir and wife Chris, from Largs in North Ayrshire, Scotland, claimed the £161m Euromillions prize in 2011.image copyrightScottish Daily Mailimage captionThe Scottish Daily Mail also features Mr Weir's death as well as a story on prescription costs over the last four years. The paper quotes Conservative health spokesman Miles Briggs who called the £10m bill "absurd".image copyrightScottish Daily Expressimage captionThe Scottish Daily Express again leads with Mr Weir's death, which was confirmed by his lawyers. Mr Weir recently completed his takeover of Scottish Championship football club Partick Thistle and had announced plans to gift ownership of the club to fans.image copyrightEdinburgh Evening Newsimage captionScottish golfer Catriona Matthew, who captained Team Europe to Solheim Cup victory over the US, has been appointed an OBE in the New Year Honours list, reports the Edinburgh Evening News. The 50-year-old has been recognised for services to golf 10 years after becoming an MBE.image copyrightThe Heraldimage captionThe head of a troubled health board was told a hospital broke health and safety rules, according to The Herald. Investigators who were appointed after the death of a 10-year-old boy said they found "contraventions of health and safety law in relation to the standards of ventilation in some wards", the paper reports.image copyrightThe Courierimage captionThe Courier reports that a GP from Angus has denied charges of abduction and rape as his case was heard at the High Court in Glasgow. Matthew Adam is also accused of forcing a tablet into a woman's mouth and is separately charged with sex attacks on two other women.image copyrightThe Nationalimage captionThe National has published freedom of information responses from universities showing that more than 2,400 academics have staff who grew up in EU member states other the UK have left Scottish institutions since 2016/17.image copyrightThe Scotsmanimage captionAn SNP MP is quoted in The Scotsman saying that work is required by his party to retain the support demonstrated by voters in the general election. Pete Wishart wrote in a blog that first-time SNP voters would move away from the party if there was talk of "illegal referendums".image copyrightThe Timesimage captionThe Times reports that an increasing number of children are struggling with gender identity, based on referrals to the Young People's Gender Service. The paper says there is a "significant" increase in children referred to the service across all age groups.image copyrightThe Scottish Sunimage captionThe death of George Michael's sister on Christmas Eve leads The Scottish Sun exactly three years since her brother's death. Melanie, 59, had been ill and was discovered by her sister on Christmas Day at home in Hampstead, London.image copyrightDaily Star of Scotlandimage captionAnd George Michael's sister Melanie "never got over loss of pop star" brother, says the Daily Star.Related Internet LinksHerald ScotlandDaily Mail OnlineDaily ExpressDaily RecordThe Scottish SunThe ScotsmanThe NationalThe TimesThe BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.