n Journal of Public Administration - Turnover of health care professionals : a focus on the Limpopo province

Volume 49, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



Turnover of health care professionals is a major global challenge where developing countries have largely bore the brunt of it. In particular, South Africa has also experienced this problem of the turnover within its hospitals with dire consequences such as high vacancy rates as it has become increasingly difficult to fill these posts sustainably. This paper undertakes to consider key challenges such as a lack of clear understanding of the factors contributing to high turnover rate of health care professionals as well as the formulation of effective recruitment and retention interventions. In this regard then, the purpose of this paper is to analyse factors that contribute to turnover of health care professionals at Polokwane and Mankweng Tertiary Hospital in Limpopo Province. In the process of analysing these factors, relevant quantitative methods and approaches were used to facilitate the undertaking of an empirical data. It is found that there are key factors which should be considered in effectively addressing these health care turnover problems in order to ensure that conditions for health care professionals are conducive for their retention within the South African health system.

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