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A1(M) Hertfordshire northbound severe accident, at B197.

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How is your local A&E doing?

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Watford General 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. West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust saw 81.2% according to figures released for April. This is down on the figure for 12 months ago, which was 87.6%.

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At West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust a total of 2,464 patients were not seen within the four-hour window in April.

The trust was ranked 76 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 & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, which runs The QEII Hospital in Welwyn Garden City, 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 and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust saw 80.5% according to figures released for April. This is down on the figure for 12 months ago, which was 85.6%.

How is your local A&E performing?
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At East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust a total of 2,615 patients were not seen within the four-hour window in April.

The trust was ranked 83 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.

'Tories take a hit while Lib Dems gain ground'

Ben Schofield

Political Reporter, BBC Look East

With more councils being declared, two trends are emerging: the Conservatives taking a hit and the Liberal Democrats gaining ground.

In Welwyn Hatfield the Conservatives are now two short of a majority, having previously controlled the council by a whisker. The Lib Dems saw their seat tally here increase from eight to 12.

The Tories kept firm hold of East Hertfordshire Council, albeit with a reduced majority. The Lib Dems here have seen their ranks swell from just one councillor to six.

Little changed in Labour-held Stevenage and Luton.

The Green Party have two new seats in East Hertfordshire,

Not a good night for Tories in Herts and Beds

Andy Holmes

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

We're not even halfway there with the results yet, but 3 May is not a great day to be waking up as a Conservative in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

Although they've held on to Broxbourne, Hertsmere, Dacorum and East Herts councils, they've lost overall control of both Welwyn Hatfield and St Albans, where Tory Leader Alec Campbell has lost his seat.

The Lib Dems have been the biggest benefactors from all of this, gaining more than 20 seats, while Labour have held Luton and Stevenage.

Friday's counts include all of Central Beds, Bedford's Mayoral election and a third of Milton Keynes Council, where the Tories are defending 12 seats.

And that means the day could yet get worse for the Conservatives.

Tories lose control of Welwyn Hatfield

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has moved to No Overall Control as the Conservatives lost power.

The Tories lost two seats to the Lib Dems, who also took two seats from Labour.

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council: No Overall Control gain

The Conservatives have lost power in Welwyn Hatfield as the council goes to No Overall Control.

Hertfordshire: Counts continue around the county

All 10 lower-tier councils in Hertfordshire have had ballots.

In Welwyn Hatfield, a third of councillors are standing - that's 18 seats. The Conservatives currently hold power but the council nearly went to no overall control in 2018.

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In Hertsmere, the whole council is up for election with the Tories expected to retain power.

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