Health officials said last night they were 'deeply disturbed' by the suicide bid of the widow of a male nurse who died from Sars. Lau Lee Po-lin was found in an emotional state standing on the rooftop of a Kowloon hospital at 4pm on Friday. Mrs Lau, 31, also a public nurse, was later talked down from the roof and did not suffer any injuries, but police classified the case as an attempted suicide. The incident happened a day after the government-appointed expert panel released its report into the Sars outbreak and a day before the Chung Yeung grave-sweeping festival. Lau Wing-kai, a 38-year-old nurse, was among the eight health workers who died of Sars. Lau contracted the disease after tending to infected patients in Tuen Mun Hospital and died on April 26. The couple had one son. 'We are deeply disturbed by reports of the suicide attempt,' a spokesman for the Health, Welfare and Food Bureau said last night. 'The bereavement process is a painful one and may be protracted for some families. The Sars expert committee report may have reminded some family members of distressing memories.' The bureau said the Social Welfare Department had been in touch with all the families of Sars victims and was offering them counselling sessions with health professionals. Expert committee member Rosie Young Tse-tse, professor of the department of medicine at the University of Hong Kong, said she understood how the emotions of Sars victims could have been inflamed by the report's release. 'It is like sprinkling salt on the families' wounds. The families have to go through the nightmare once again,' she said. 'Maybe the government did not understand the mental state of the victims as it handled the incident. The victims cannot overcome the trauma overnight. Instead, there should be someone to take care of their mental state over a longer period of time.' Speaking on a radio programme yesterday, Professor Young admitted that although no officials were reprimanded in the report, it did not mean they should not be held responsible. 'The whole medical sector has responsibility. Certainly, Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food Yeoh Eng-kiong, who was politically appointed, should also be held responsible,' she said. 'I feel that I also have the responsibility.' Michael Mak Kwok-fung, the legislator representing the health-care sector, said Mrs Lau had refused to take any calls yesterday despite repeated attempts by her friends to reach her. 'We believe that the report, which failed to bring the victims justice, has severely upset the widow,' he said. 'The Chung Yeung festival [on Saturday] may also have added to her sorrow.' Legislator Lo Wing-lok, who represents the medical sector and is president of the Medical Association, yesterday accused Professor Young of mixing up her role with that of a politician. 'I do respect Professor Young, but she is becoming a politician, an unskillful politician,' he said.