My GP has consistently refused to prescribe test strips for blood testing. I have type 2 controlled by metformin. Today, in common with all other type 2 patients, I received a letter from the practice which says that in future I will only be receiving a check up once per year and then it will only be an HBA1C test and not the fasting sugar. The letter also confirms their attitude to self testing. I quote “In line with the latest thinking on diabetes care, we are making a few changes ..... If your diabetes is Type 2 then you do not need to do finger prick testing. The companies which make testing machines and strips will still try to sell them to you or persuade you to get them on prescription but it really isn’t necessary. For this reason we will not generally prescribe these items and have now removed them from most patients records... exceptions being Type 1”. Can anyone comment on this and also where they get their “in line with latest thinking” from?