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Scotland's papers: Last-minute children's hospital 'bombshell'

Image caption Edinburgh's new £150m Sick Kids' hospital makes several front pages after it was announced the opening of the new building was delayed. The Scottish Daily Mail claims it is "unfit for purpose" after faults were discovered in the ventilation system, which "could take months to fix". The hospital was due to open next week.
Image caption The Scotsman says the delay was "to protect patient safety" and that patients were due to begin moving into the building in Little France today from the old hospital at Sciennes. The report adds that the issues concern the ventilation system in the critical care department.
Image caption The Edinburgh Evening News calls it "bombshell news", just hours before the first patients would arrive in the "world-class" facility. The paper says that health unions and opposition parties are angry the problem had not been identified earlier.
Image caption The Herald chooses to lead with the "shock" rise in the number of deaths in the workplace. It reports that the number of Scottish workers who went to work and never returned to their families has risen from 17 in 2017-18 to 29 in 2018-19.
Image caption The Tory leadership race has not gone away - it makes the front of Friday's Times. The lead story claims Jeremy Hunt has said he will "restore Scotland's fortunes". He writes in the paper that he will sit down with Nicola Sturgeon to devise an export-led strategy for growth. He says he wants to turn Scotland into a green "Silicon Valley".
Image caption Meanwhile, in The Daily Telegraph, rival Boris Johnson declares his love for the UK, promising to make Britain "the greatest place on Earth". He tells the paper the UK can get a "great Brexit deal" by having "self belief" and not being "so negative" as the publication gives its backing to him becoming PM.
Image caption The Scottish Daily Express sticks with the Brexit theme, claiming boldly that "We will be ready for no-deal Brexit". The story says Britain's next leader must "turbo-charge" plans for leaving the EU on 31 October, quoting Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay.
Image caption The i newspaper runs a story about a "stand-off" between the UK and Iran. It reports that Royal Marines are helping to seize an Iranian oil tanker after learning it was heading to Syria. The paper says the act has sparked a "diplomatic crisis" between the two countries.
Image caption The National leads with claims the SNP is filing a complaint with broadcast regulator Ofcom over a discussion about Scottish independence on Channel 5's The Jeremy Vine Show. The paper says the public body will be asked to investigate "one of the most inaccurate discussions on Scotland ever broadcast".
Image caption Day two of the Daily Record's campaign for changes to drugs laws sees the paper lead with the "huge support" it has received for its call to decriminalise drug use.
Image caption A power cut leading to spoiled blood stocks is the top story in Friday's Courier. A lightning strike at Dundee's Ninewells Hospital affected phone and IT systems but also knocked out refrigerators containing blood supplies for transfusions.
Image caption The P&J splashes the latest drugs offence figures in the north-east. It says a major police crackdown has resulted in 465 people being charged with drugs offences in the last two months. The figure was more than in any comparable period last year, says the paper.
Image caption The Daily Star of Scotland claims it has discovered "sensitive files" containing "security details of Britain's top secret chemical warfare base" in a London bin. The paper reports the discovery has prompted the Ministry of Defence to launch an investigation.
Image caption And The Scottish Sun leads with a dispute between a lottery winner and her friend over a business they shared.

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