Colchester Hospital University Trust is "truly sorry" over the quality of cancer patient care, the chief executive has said, following news that it had been placed in special measures.
Allegations that that staff were forced to change cancer waiting times data to make it seem as though people were being treated in line with national guidelines, were revealed earlier this month.
Trust chief executive, Dr Gordon Coutts, said: "Everyone at the trust was extremely concerned about the problems identified in the CQC report.
"We are truly sorry that in some cases cancer patients, their carers and families have not been given the high quality of care this trust always aims to provide.
"We have already taken action in response to the findings of the CQC report and we are continuing to address all of the concerns that were raised. Our priority is the safety and well-being of all our patients."