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  • Date
  • Title
    Monitoring the Effect of the New Rural Allowance for Health Professionals
  • Journal

  • Publisher
    Health Systems Trust; National Department of Health
  • Year
  • Author
    Reid S
  • Description
    [Excerpt from author] The maldistribution of health professionals between rural and urban areas in South Africa demands specific strategies to address the imbalance. Financial and non-financial incentives have been used in other countries to recruit and retain health professionals in areas of need, and in 1994 a rural recruitment allowance was instituted in South Africa. However, this allowance was granted only to medical doctors and dentists, and remained at the same fixed rate since the time of its inception. It was perceived to be ineffective as an incentive for retention of professional staff, and despite the introduction of community service for all health professionals except nurses, it remains difficult to recruit and retain professional staff at rural hospitals, health centres and clinics.
  • Categories
    Nursing Human Resources Management
  • Keywords
    motivation; retention; recruitment; pay and wages; geographical distribution; geographical imbalances; non-financial incentives; financial incentives
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