Finweek English Edition - - ENTREPRENEUR -

SAM HA­ZLE­DINE GRAD­U­ATED as a med­i­cal doc­tor in New Zealand in 2003. Soon af­ter start­ing prac­tis­ing, he re­alised that all was not well: many doc­tors were ex­hausted, dis­il­lu­sioned and just go­ing through the mo­tions; what had started as a call­ing had turned into a job that was drain­ing them.

Many doc­tors were turn­ing to med­i­cal re­cruit­ment agen­cies to help them f i nd the work they wanted, but agen­cies were caught up in an ‘Agency Race’ to be the first to send hos­pi­tals CVs when they ad­ver­tised their va­can­cies. As a re­sult, doc­tors’ CVs were be­ing sent to in­ap­pro­pri­ate hos­pi­tals and they were get­ting work that didn’t suit them, while hos­pi­tals were not get­ting the best matched doc­tors.

As a re­sult, 25% of doc­tors were leav­ing the pro­fes­sion within three years of grad­u­a­tion.

In 2006, Sam and his wife Claire es­tab­lished MedRe­cruit, a re­cruit­ment agency with the aim of en­rich­ing the lives of doc­tors across Aus­trala­sia by part­ner­ing with them to achieve their ca­reer, life­style and fi­nan­cial goals, and pro­vide hos­pi­tals and clin­ics with cer­tainty in their staffing.

To­day, MedRe­cruit, with a turnover of more than $20m (R242m) a year, em­ploys over 40 staff and has of­fices in both Australia and New Zealand.

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