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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".

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

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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%.

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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
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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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Lib Dem national leader cites Brexit on visits in Essex

While Chelmsford's Conservative MP was "visibly upset" as her party lost its massive majority and control at the city council, one of the national party leaders has pitched up in the county town and in Colchester with a smile on his face.

Colchester was a target council for the Tories, but they lost one seat and it remains in a situation where no single party has overall control.

Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has been congratulate local party members.

Vince Cable in Colchester
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"It's not just Chelmsford - we've done massively well across the country," he said.

"People are fed up with the complete deadlock in government.

"The future of the health service, homelessness, underfunding in social services, education and knife crime have all been neglected.

"We want to stop Brexit and we want a 'people's vote' so that ultimately people can decide which way we go on the matter."

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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Defeated Tory group leader: 'Brexit a contributing factor'

Doug Faulkner

BBC News Online

Colchester Borough Council Conservative group leader Darius Laws said Brexit had played a part in his in losing his seat to Green Mark Goacher.

He told BBC Essex: "Brexit definitely is a contributing factor but perhaps some bigger national newspapers have wanted it to be a bigger issue.

"It came up on the doorstep but people almost just shrugged their shoulders on it."

Colchester Borough Council: No Overall Control hold

Colchester Borough Council remains in no overall control after the Conservatives failed to gain the seat they needed for a majority.

To make matters worse for the Conservatives, their leader Darius Laws lost his seat in Castle ward to the Green Party's Mark Goacher.

Conservative leader loses seat in Colchester

Conservative group leader Darius Laws has lost in the hotly-contested Castle Ward in Colchester to Green Mark Goacher.

Colchester MP Will Quince had been out canvassing for Mr Laws in the run-up to the election.

Mr Goacher took 1,724 votes to Mr Laws' 901.

Darius Laws
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Tight battle for Colchester

The Conservatives are one seat away from a majority on Colchester Borough Council that would see them wrest control from a Labour/Lib Dem/Independent coalition.

But Tory leader Darius Laws is fighting for his seat in the hotly-contested Castle ward and BBC Essex political reporter Charlotte Rose says he has some nerves about holding the seat.

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Colchester 'creaking' from homes growth

Colchester’s infrastructure is "creaking" under the pressure of housing development, according to politicians.

Colchester Castle
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Once the Roman capital of Britain, the town is one of the fastest-growing areas in the region and part of plans for three "garden communities".

A third of the council's 51 seats are up for grabs.

Candidates for the borough council said housing had put pressure on health centres, schools and roads.

The Conservatives are a seat away from a majority that would overthrow the current "rainbow coalition" of Liberal Democrat, Labour and independent councillors.

Conservatives hope to hold on to Essex

Charlotte Rose

BBC Essex political reporter

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In Essex 14 councils are holding polls today, with a total of 359 seats up for grabs.

The Conservatives are defending 259 seats, while Labour have just 27 and other parties are defending 74 seats.

Braintree District is one of nine areas in England to be part of a voter identification pilot. The test is only going ahead after a man from Witham failed in his attempt to get the High Court to rule it unlawful.

In Colchester, the Conservatives need just one seat to take control of the council, currently run by a coalition of Liberal Democrats, Labour and Independents.

The Tories could see gains in some wards but lose their leader, who faces a tough battle against the Greens in Castle ward.

Tendring used to be the home of UKIP, which now has just five councillors remaining on the Conservative-run authority. Here the number of seats is reducing from 60 to 48, which could make it harder for the Tories to maintain control.