The man in charge of Hawke's Bay Hospital says staff caught in the middle of a standoff over a newborn baby have been blamed for something they had "no authority over".

District Health Board chief executive Kevin Snee has said "misinformation" spread about the hospital's role in the standoff last month had been "deeply disturbing" for staff.

However, DHB board member Jacoby Poulain, who was not at the board meeting that Snee made his comments at, said she stood by her call for an independent investigation.

Poulain also stood by her comments that she felt the care provided to the

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