MORE than 221 health staff earning €100,000 or more received average increments of around €2,270 this year, writes Eilish O'Regan.
The 221 staff are among 21,888 Health Service Executive (HSE) workers who shared in €17m of increments this year.
The figures, provided to the Dail Committee on Public Accounts, showed that €1m of the increments was paid to staff with salaries of over €70,000.
Meanwhile, the HSE also revealed that it paid out a massive €55m in travel and subsistence expenses to nearly 29,000 staff last year.
A total of €55.32m was paid out in 2011 in travel and subsistence allowances to 28,983 staff.
Paramedical and nursing staff got the biggest slice at €13m and €12m.
The HSE said staff who were required to travel on official business away from their headquarters, and employees assigned to field duties, were paid travel and subsistence rates approved by the Department of Health.
The expenses must have been incurred "wholly exclusively and necessarily" in the performance of their duties of employment.