Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Fundraiser -

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.

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