Hawke's Bay District Health Board's departing chief executive has criticised an outspoken board member in a memo to all DHB staff and apologised for her "unfounded criticism".

DHB CEO Kevin Snee sent June 21 memos to maternity staff and "all staff" after the attempted uplift of a baby from Hastings Hospital by Oranga Tamariki staff was unsuccessful on May 7.

Snee's maternity memo apologised to staff for the "unfounded criticism" they had been subjected to by "one of our board members" who he says did not have full knowledge of what occurred.

The board member is Jacoby Poulain who had

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