The Hospital Authority will release an internal investigation report over its handling of the Sars outbreak tomorrow, together with its response, chairman Leong Che-hung said last night. The 300-page report, with 45 recommendations, will be made public in full. The decision followed a closed-door meeting by the authority's board that lasted nearly six hours yesterday. 'It was a very long meeting. We had to go through the internal report and at the same time we also looked into the way that the Hospital Authority responded to the report,' Dr Leong said. 'We decided to conduct another meeting two days later [tomorrow]. Afterwards, we will bring both the panel report and the authority's response to the public.' Dr Leong refused to say whether there had been heated debates between board members, saying only that there had been 'a lot of discussions'. 'The Hospital Authority feels we must properly respond to the report. We believe that without the Hospital Authority's response, it would not be a complete document for the public.' Legislator Lo Wing-lok, president of the Medical Association, said it was a proper decision for the authority to release the report. 'The authority appears to be too defensive. In fact the authority does not have to give its response until the public has read the report and made comments,' he added. The report is expected to add heat to the public debate on whether the government and hospital officials should be held responsible for the handling of the outbreak.