I'm a type 2, controlled by diet only, my local PCT do not prescribe test strips for the likes of me. I want to have tight control- as i was only just in diabetic range on diagnosis srely i must be able to get my numbers down to near normal levels. How can i do this if i can't test? Both my partner and i work and pay in (plus childcare costs to do so) but i appear to not be getting back. I could of course ignore my diabetes, let it get worse and cost the NHS so much more. I won't buy from e-bay, because i refuse to risk putting money in the pocket of someone who is illegally selling the test strips that WE are paying for and then can't get! There is only so much money in the pot and taking more than they need for their own use is depriving others. Not to mention illegal. I'd rather pay more (which i can ill afford to) than supplement their income. I think i am going to take a leaf out of Handr's book and look into getting an Abbott moniter (my one is one touch) if i can legitimatley get the strips cheaper.