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Health Website Accessibility, It's Time to Get Started!

As 2024 kicks off, healthcare providers need to plan their budgets. Improving website accessibility should be a crucial consideration! It’s not just about ticking boxes; it’s a legal obligation. Yet, recent research found nearly a third of GP practice websites are difficult for patients to use.

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Website Accessibility is a Legal Requirement for Public Sector Healthcare Providers

The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Devices) Accessibility Regulations states that “public sector bodies must comply with the accessibility requirement” to make websites perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust. In other words, comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2

Although public sector bodies have had to meet this requirement since 2018, a study in May 2023 found that two-thirds (66%) of UK GP surgeries’ have accessibility errors, potentially excluding one in five users.

Healthcare Website Accessibility: Why Does it Matter?

Support the Vulnerable
Ensure equal website access for those with disabilities and the elderly, as they often require more frequent assistance from health organisations.
Cost Savings
Members of the House of Lords advised that eliminating the risk of digitally excluding some patients could bring about ‘significant’ cost savings for the NHS.
Legal Compliance
Regulations stipulate that public sector organisations have a legal duty to ensure their websites meets minimum accessibility requirements.

Learn More About Website Accessibility in Healthcare

As we step into the first quarter of 2024, amidst budget planning and the roll out of exciting projects, it’s the ideal time to start your web accessibility journey. Sign up for our tailored email series crafted specifically for healthcare providers. You will learn how to provide an inclusive healthcare website that comply with regulations.

Millions of healthcare webpages made accessible through the use of assistive technology

By choosing not to make websites accessible, healthcare providers and creating access barriers for many people who need help the most.

Whether it’s changing the way your website looks, what language it’s in, or using a different method of navigation, Recite Me can help make your health website accessible to everyone.

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