Scotland's papers: NHS 'excuses' and crash tragedy tribute

The head of the Scottish NHS has pledged the service will be in a "better place" by 2020 following a damning report by public spending watchdog Audit Scotland, according to The Herald.

The Times Scotland writes that doctors are pressing ministers to rethink the targets they impose on the Scottish NHS and embark instead on an "honest conversation" about what the country can actually afford.

Meanwhile, the Scottish Daily Express claims the first minister has been accused of "living in denial" about the state of the NHS in Scotland and failing to listen to medical experts.

In other news, Nicola Sturgeon claimed the Scottish government was left waiting 36 hours to get a response from an so-called Brexit "hotline" unveiled by Theresa May this week, says to The Scotsman.

A German woman living in London has warned her compatriots not to speak their native language if they visit the city, according to The National, which claims there is a "growing sense of xenophobia" in the UK since the Brexit vote.

After decades of research the prospect of a workable male contraceptive has loomed into view after a hormone-based injection was shown to be almost 100% effective, says the i paper.

A Nationalist MP paid his brother more than seven weeks overtime from the public purse in only a year, according to claims made about Paul Monaghan in the Scottish Daily Mail.

The Daily Record writes that there is "anger" after a teenager accused of double rape tells prison officers that he wants to live as a woman in future.

David Goodwillie had a threesome with a footballer teammate and the woman who claimed they raped her, according to The Scottish Sun, which reports on testimony from the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

Candice Brown is ready to tie the knot with her Scots boyfriend after winning the Great British Bake Off, says the Daily Star of Scotland.

A devastated mother broke down in tears as she paid tribute to her young daughter who died in a horror crash which left another schoolgirl fighting for her life in hospital, reports the Press and Journal.

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