BBC's Casualty draws complaints for describing drug-taking in Scotland as a 'past-time'

Long-running BBC drama Casualty has been the subject of over 60 complaints after one of its characters described drug taking in Scotland as a ‘national pastime’.

The comment was made by actor Michael French’s character Nick Jordan to a Scottish character while he was attempting to save the life of a Scottish heroin addict.

MSP Jackie Baillie told The Daily Record that the comment was “just insulting nonsense, which has no basis in fact.”

A BBC spokesperson also commented: "Dr Lyons is well known to viewers as a patriotic and passionate Scot. His banter with Dr Jordan about his lack of sympathy towards the death of a drug addict is a reflection of his hot-headed temperament and strong moral code. There was no intention to cause any offence to viewers."