Nurses living at the Limpopo provincial hospital residence in Polokwane were told to move out this week or face disciplinary action.
Last week nurses, general workers and clerks received letters from the hospital management informing them of their options.
"They told us that we had over-stayed in the residence," said one nurse on condition of anonymity. She added that the hospital management had alleged some of them were living in the residence with their families.
Phuti Seloba, the provincial spokesman for the department of health, confirmed that some nurses, clerks and general workers had been given notice to vacate their rooms.
"It is not our responsibility to provide accommodation to every government employee. There are certain skills categories, like doctors, who need to reside at the hospital," Seloba said.