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How is your local A&E doing?

West Suffolk NHS Trust, which runs West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, 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 Suffolk NHS Trust saw 86.9% according to figures released for April. This is up on the figure for 12 months ago, which was 85%.

How is your local A&E performing?
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At West Suffolk NHS Trust a total of 883 patients were not seen within the four-hour window in April.

The trust was ranked 34 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%.

How is your local A&E performing?
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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.

'Bad day' for Tory leaders in Suffolk

Scenes from East Suffolk district
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East Suffolk has been formed from the merger of Waveney and Suffolk Coastal district councils

It’s been a good day to be a Green or Independent in Suffolk, and a bad day to be a Conservative leader.

The Greens and independents have torn through the majorities of the Conservatives at Mid Suffolk, Babergh and the new West Suffolk district councils taking some senior Tories down with them.

At West Suffolk, they are in control as they were at the two councils it has replaced - Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury.

However, in the process they lost three West Suffolk Conservative heavyweights - the former leader of Forest Heath James Waters, the former Suffolk County Council leader Colin Noble and West Suffolk Conservative Association chairman Lance Stansbury.

When asked why they thought they had not retained district council seats, they told me it was the failure to deliver Brexit and because of that their message about local issues weren’t getting through.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk Tories didn’t even manage to keep hold of their councils. They have now gone to no overcall control with the Greens taking the share of the gains, but it was an independent who managed to unseat the Mid Suffolk Conservative leader Nick Gowrley.

A different picture for the new East Suffolk Council where the Conservatives have retained their hold in the area formerly covered by Waveney and Suffolk Coastal councils where the merger has created the largest district council in the country by population.

The Conservatives didn’t get away completely unscathed though, they lost the ex-leader of Waveney District Council and Suffolk County Council Mark Bee - he lost his seat to the Greens.

The Conservatives were punished here in a county which had a majority of people vote to leave the EU.

Labour wasn’t punished - the party gained seats in Ipswich - the only Suffolk council it controls and they also have more seats on West Suffolk than they did on both Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury.

Protest vote, Brexit backlash or maybe the need for some new politics, who knows what voters were thinking?

What we can be sure of is that what they decided on will be a new era for politics at district level in Suffolk.

Tories still the largest party - but voters 'weary and disillusioned'

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

For the last few weeks, it's been clear from the stories coming from canvassers that voters are frustrated and angry.

Some want Brexit to happen quickly, others would still like it reversed, but the overwhelming mood was a sense of annoyance that because the main parties can't agree, all other politics has come to a halt.

And that's why people voted in large numbers for candidates who were not from the main national parties..

And if an independent or candidate from their preferred party wasn't standing, they either stayed at home or they spoilt their ballot paper.

The Conservatives are still the largest party in the BBC East region, but they are diminished.

And Labour may not have been punished as hard, but making so few gains in our region after nine years of Conservative government does not auger well for a general election.

The big winners were the Lib Dems. After eight years of haemorrhaging votes in local elections, they made serious gains and are once again big players in the politics of the region.

Labour and the Tories hope this election has been a nasty one-off.

But voters are disillusioned and weary.

It may take time to win them back.

Ipswich: Tories lose three seats as Labour hold strengthens

Sarah Jenkins

BBC News

Labour strengthened its hold on Ipswich Borough Council, winning two seats, Whitton and Rushmere, from the Tories.

The Conservatives also lost a seat to the Lib Dems in St Margarets.

No other seats changed hands.

Ipswich count
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Labour councillor 'proud' of re-election

Ipswich Borough Council remains under Labour control.

This was the reaction from councillor Julian Gibbs to retaining his seat in Westgate ward.

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Ipswich Borough Council: Labour hold

Labour has retained control of Ipswich Borough Council.

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West Suffolk: 33,000 ballot papers issued

Sarah Jenkins

BBC News

More than 33,000 ballot papers were issued in the West Suffolk council election.

The council has only been in existence for a month, having been formed from a merger of Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury.

The council said the turnout was 31.79%.

Votes will be counted from 09:00 BST, with a result expected at about 14:00.

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Turnouts could be low, but small parties may make gains

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The politics of the East of England is dominated by the Conservatives.

They run 25 out of the 37 local authorities in the BBC East region and the expectation is they will continue to do so after tonight.

But how many seats will they lose?

The sitting government always expects to take a hit at local elections, but this year things have been complicated by Brexit.

The East was a largely Leave-voting area and canvassers have found real frustration on the doorsteps.

I have heard stories about Conservatives taking off their rosettes before delivering leaflets; of doors being slammed in faces, candidates sworn at and even one Tory being punched.

And it is not just the Tories. All the main parties have reported a far more fractious atmosphere among voters.

So what will that mean for polling?

Turnouts are always much lower than for general elections and it looks as if it will be very low this time.

It was about 36% for the 2018 local elections, compared to a turnout of 69% for the 2017 General Election and 72% for the EU referendum in 2016.

Anything under 30% is bad, but I am hearing it could be much lower.

It could be a good night for the smaller parties and independent candidates.

The public do not think much of our politicians at the moment and they may have shown that at the polls.

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