Junior doctors have signed up to a new contract which promises higher pay and lower hours.
Under a new deal ratified by a BMA referendum last May, newly qualified doctors will get an extra £1,700 per year, while senior house officers gain an additional £2,800. Further increases are pledged for the next three years.
Hospitals who fail to bring down the hours of junior doctors to a maximum of 56 hours a week will be required to pay them higher overtime rates.
The government claims the aim is to ensure junior doctors do not work more than 56 hours. The Department of Health said 62 per cent of junior doctors were currently working within that limit.
New accommodation and catering standards are also to be introduced and regional action teams will monitor progress.