The governors’ statement – made nine days after the CQC report was published – comes after the trust denied it had “gagged” governors from speaking to the press about it.
In a previous statement, a trust spokesman said: “Like all major organisations staff (and governors) are asked to contact the press office if they are asked questions about the trust by the media.
“This allows us to monitor media interest and to help and support staff in their replies if needed.”
Trust chief executive Stuart Bain, who was on holiday when the report was published, has now returned to work.
He is planning to step down at the end of the year for health reasons.