A member of the Hospital Authority panel that investigated the handling of the Sars outbreak defended its report against government criticism yesterday, saying it had been fair. Peter Yuen Pok-man, professor of management at Polytechnic University, said it was inevitable the team had to examine the role of other government departments to get a 'full picture' of the Sars outbreak. The seven-member panel, chaired by Jockey Club chairman Ronald Arculli, was appointed by the Hospital Authority board in May to 'review what transpired and examine what could be done' if Sars re-emerged, he said. 'We were not trying to cross the boundary to investigate other bodies. However, the authority was not working on its own. Public hospitals had to work together with other departments in handling the outbreak,' Professor Yuen said. On Thursday, the Health, Welfare and Food Bureau cast doubt on the validity of the panel's findings. The Department of Health also said it had 'grave reservations'. Meanwhile, the Legco investigation into the Sars outbreak will probably focus on the accountability of government and Hospital Authority officers at 'policy-making and management levels'. The House Committee yesterday agreed to narrow the scope of a select committee investigation into officers belonging to these two categories. A maximum of 15 members will be elected to sit on the select committee.