Scotland

Scotland's papers: Cancer drug row and mystery disappearance

Scotland's economy faces three more years of gloom and Finance Secretary Derek Mackay should focus on closing the "growth gap" with the rest of the UK in his first Holyrood Budget, according to the front page of The Herald.

On the same theme, the i paper reports that the performance of Scotland's economy is trailing that of the UK which is set to enjoy 2.2% growth compared with 0.7 for Scotland.

Scottish women will miss out on a drug that can shrink breast cancer tumours before surgery, which was recently approved for use south of the border, reports The Scotsman.

The Times Scotland also features the issue on its front page and says patients, charities and doctors have called for transparency and consistency in the prescription of drugs not routinely available on the Scottish NHS. The paper also claims that health managers changed their minds about prescribing a drug to a cancer patient after pressure from Scottish ministers.

A severely disabled young man who is unable to talk, read or write and needs round-the-clock care has been targeted yet again by the Department of Work and Pensions because of Tory government changes to disability benefits, writes The National.

Thousands of postal workers are set to stage five days of strikes next week in a dispute over jobs, pensions and branch closures, says the Scottish Daily Mail.

Police are digging up the garden at the home of a missing Inverkip woman who has not been seen by anyone apart from her carers for 17 years, according to the Daily Record.

The Scottish Sun also leads with the story and writes that 36-year-old Margaret Fleming was last spotted in public at a Christmas party hosted by a relative of her helpers in 1999.

David Beckham has denied claims that he "pimped out" his youngest son Cruz in a bid for fame, writes the Daily Star of Scotland.

Inspired by the success of the North Coast 500 route, VisitScotland wants to showcase the "majestic views" of the Cairngorms, says the Press and Journal.

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