Jeremy Hunt says that he is "relieved" that strike action planned for tomorrow by junior doctors has been called off so that all parties can continue talks.
The Health Secretary also insisted that the government plan for a "seven day NHS" is "good for patients".
The junior doctors strike due to begin on Tuesday has been called off at the final hour .
Conciliation service Acas said a deal had been reached following five days of talks.
This means planned walk-outs on December 1, 8 and 16 will now be averted.
Under the agreement NHS employers agreed to extend the time frame for contract negotiations until January 13 next year.
An Acas spokesman said: "Acas is pleased that the talks have been held in a constructive manner and cooperative spirit between the parties, that will allow an improvement in industrial relations."
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said he was disappointed after his team's draw at Leicester.