An annual report which looks at the way the NHS in Wales is working has found there is a 'culture of steady and sustained improvement'.
It's the third report from NHS Wales' chief executive Dr Andrew Goodall, which examines the improvements and challenges over the past twelve months.
But the statement also recommends work needs to be done in improving cancer care and that health and care needs to be delivered more consistently across Wales.
The report also doesn't reflect the issue with A&E waiting times and the pressures associated with emergency care.
Innovations detailed in the report include a unique form of plastic surgery, which is helping to improve quality of life for lymphoedema patients.
Wales is the only place in the UK to offer the procedure, funded through the Welsh Government's Health Technology fund. It means patients don't need compression garments, reducing costs to the NHS.
In addition, more than 150 new staff have been recruited, and new services, to improve child and adolescent mental health services across Wales, have been created.
Crisis intervention teams are now available outside normal working hours, and early intervention in psychosis teams are caring for 15 to 24-year-olds with severe mental illness.
Ian Lang reports: