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Southend University Hospital NHS Trust, which runs Southend hospital, missed its A&E waiting target of seeing patients in less than four hours last month.

Hospitals are meant to treat, assess or discharge 95% of patients in that time. Southend Hospital Trust saw 82.7% according to figures released for April. This is down on the figure for 12 months ago, which was 89.5%.

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At Southend University Hospital NHS Trust a total of 1,540 patients were not seen within the four-hour window in April.

The trust was ranked 64 of 129 trusts of hospital trusts in England.

As a whole, the NHS has failed to meet this target since July 2015. A hospital trust's performance figures include the main accident and emergency department and any minor injuries or care centres it runs.

NHS England has asked patients only to attend A&E department with "genuine life-threatening emergencies".

Check NHS cancer, A&E, ops and mental health targets in your area.

This story has been generated using NHS data, BBC analysis and some automation.

How is your local A&E doing?

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust, which runs Broomfield Hospital, in Chelmsford, missed its A&E waiting target of seeing patients in less than four hours last month.

Hospitals are meant to treat, assess or discharge 95% of patients in that time. Mid Essex Hospital Trust saw 77.3% according to figures released for April. This is down on the figure for 12 months ago, which was 85.3%.

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At Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust a total of 2,060 patients were not seen within the four-hour window in April.

The trust was ranked 103 of 129 trusts of hospital trusts in England.

As a whole, the NHS has failed to meet this target since July 2015. A hospital trust's performance figures include the main accident and emergency department and any minor injuries or care centres it runs.

NHS England has asked patients only to attend A&E department with "genuine life-threatening emergencies".

Check NHS cancer, A&E, ops and mental health targets in your area.

This story has been generated using NHS data, BBC analysis and some automation.

How is your local A&E doing?

East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Colchester and Ipswich hospitals, missed its A&E waiting target of seeing patients in less than four hours last month.

Hospitals are meant to treat, assess or discharge 95% of patients in that time. East Sussex & North Essex NHS Trust saw 89.4% according to figures released for April. This is down on the figure for 12 months ago, which was 95.6%.

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At East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Foundation Trust a total of 2,364 patients were not seen within the four-hour window in April.

The trust was ranked 29 of 129 trusts of hospital trusts in England.

As a whole, the NHS has failed to meet this target since July 2015. A hospital trust's performance figures include the main accident and emergency department and any minor injuries or care centres it runs.

NHS England has asked patients only to attend A&E department with "genuine life-threatening emergencies".

Check NHS cancer, A&E, ops and mental health targets in your area.

This story has been generated using NHS data, BBC analysis and some automation.

How is your local A&E doing?

Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Basildon hospital, missed its A&E waiting target of seeing patients in less than four hours last month.

Hospitals are meant to treat, assess or discharge 95% of patients in that time. Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals Trust saw 92.9% according to figures released for April. This is up on the figure for 12 months ago, which was 87.7%.

How is your local A&E performing?
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At Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Trust a total of 811 patients were not seen within the four-hour window in April.

The trust was ranked 13 of 129 trusts of hospital trusts in England.

As a whole, the NHS has failed to meet this target since July 2015. A hospital trust's performance figures include the main accident and emergency department and any minor injuries or care centres it runs.

NHS England has asked patients only to attend A&E department with "genuine life-threatening emergencies".

Check NHS cancer, A&E, ops and mental health targets in your area.

This story has been generated using NHS data, BBC analysis and some automation.

How is your local A&E doing?

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, which runs The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, missed its A&E waiting target of seeing patients in less than four hours last month.

Hospitals are meant to treat, assess or discharge 95% of patients in that time. The Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust saw 69.6% according to figures released for April. This is down on the figure for 12 months ago, which was 73.7%.

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At The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust a total of 2,736 patients were not seen within the four-hour window in April.

The trust was ranked 123 of 129 trusts of hospital trusts in England.

As a whole, the NHS has failed to meet this target since July 2015. A hospital trust's performance figures include the main accident and emergency department and any minor injuries or care centres it runs.

NHS England has asked patients only to attend A&E department with "genuine life-threatening emergencies".

Check NHS cancer, A&E, ops and mental health targets in your area.

This story has been generated using NHS data, BBC analysis and some automation.

Missing teenager not seen since Saturday

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Jessica Bitmead
Family handout

Jessica Bitmead, 17, was last seen in Medway at about 20:00 BST on Saturday.

She is about 5ft tall with a slim build, long brown hair and brown eyes.

She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black jacket.

She is known to frequent Kent, London and Essex using the rail network to travel around.

PC Martin Brown from Kent Police said: "We are concerned for Jessica’s safety and urge anyone with information about where she might be to contact us."

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If you are joining us: Conservatives lose big in Essex

Doug Faulkner

BBC News Online

The Conservatives have lost control of four councils across Essex.

Chelmsford City Council was the scene of the biggest surprise. The Lib Dems overturned a 45-seat majority to take over the authority.

Southend, Basildon and Tendring fell to no overall control, while Thurrock and Colchester also remained without an outright majority.

There were Conservative holds in Castle Point, Maldon, Epping, Rochford, Brentwood and Braintree.

Harlow stayed under Labour control.

Lib Dems celebrate victory
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Chelmsford MP: 'Seats lost due to national picture'

Chelmsford MP Vicky Ford said national frustration impacted the Conservative vote locally.

She said: "It is a very disappointing night and I think it is really disappointing when you look at some of the individuals who have lost their seats tonight.

"People who have worked their socks off for Chelmsford.

"Some of those councillors who have really worked so hard and helped to make Chelmsford so fantastic.

"They have lost their seats as a result of what is happening nationally reflecting back in people not wanting to turn out and vote locally."

Vicky Ford
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Chelmsford City Council: Lib Dem gain

The Liberal Democrats have gained control of Chelmsford City Council in a surprise victory.

The Conservatives held 51 of 57 seats before the start of the day but with all seats up for grabs the Liberals pulled off a shock.

MP Ed Davey had been out campaigning for the Lib Dems in Essex on Thursday.

Lib Dem's celebrate
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Count ongoing at Chelmsford as Lib Dems make gains

Doug Faulkner

BBC News Online

The Liberal Democrats have won 22 out of 25 wards to declare in Chelmsford.

They started the day with six of 57 seats on Chelmsford City Council and have made massive in-roads into the Conservative majority already.

Liberal Democrats 'smiling'

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

I think the Conservatives will still be the main party of government in the East, but the big story seems to be the Liberal Democrats.

They've made gains in Braintree and Southend; they are making gains in Chelmsford, have taken a seat from the Greens in Cambridge, and seem to be confident of taking control of North Norfolk.

The smiles are on the faces of the Liberal Democrats. The Conservatives? I am not sure they are smiling.

Lib Dems making huge strides in Chelmsford

Doug Faulkner

BBC News Online

The Liberal Democrats have already doubled the number of seats they hold on Chelmsford City Council as they look set to make huge gains on the Conservatives.

The Lib Dems have taken 12 to the Tories' two so far.

All seats are up for grabs and before the start of play the Conservatives held 51 of the 57 total.

Count at Chelmsford
Chelmsford City Council