Doctor Sam gets another crack at entrepreneur title

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Queenstown doctor Sam Hazledine’s (right) innovation in the medical job industry has been recognised a second time by Kiwi business leaders. 

Hazledine, 33, is one of 16 finalists in 2012’s Entrepreneur of the Year awards for his company MedRecruit. 

Hazledine was also a finalist in 2008 – two years after setting up the medical recruitment agency. 

“Since becoming a finalist in 2008 I’ve continued to grow MedRecruit into a significant business that is having a much wider impact and continues to grow. 

“I think it’s an important step for any entrepreneur, to not only be able to start a business, but to also maximise it and ensure sustainability.” 

Hazeldine started MedRecruit in 2006, believing the medical system was not catering for the changing lifestyle 
demands of a new generation of doctors entering medicine. At that time, a quarter of medical graduates were leaving New Zealand within three years of graduation. 

The company specialises in working with doctors to place them in locum and permanent positions so they can have a career and lifestyle.  MedRecruit’s approach has helped improve the provision of healthcare in NZ and Australia, he says. 

“Getting this far is testament to the fact that what MedRecruit is providing for doctors and hospitals is what they need right now – namely the ability for doctors to go further with both a life and a career, and providing certainty and confidence for hospitals in their staffing.” 

The next step for the awards is a Dragon’s Den-style interview before the winner is announced in October.